May 30, 2008
MGH commitment brings health services to North End seniors

The MGH is bringing health care services to low-income seniors in Boston's North End through a recently announced five-year, $500,000community commitment. Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi joined MGH and Partners HealthCare leaders at the Villa Michelangelo Adult Day Health Center in the North End May 15 to formally announce the pledge, which will support health and transportation services for older adults.

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GIVING BACK: Back row, from left, Jim Luisi, executive director of the North End Community Health Center; Slavin and DiMasi join clients and staff of the Villa Michelangelo Center.

Operated by the MGH-affiliated North End Community Health Center, the Villa Michelangelo Center offers area seniors day programs, assisted living units, low-income housing and a drop-in center operated by the Action for Boston Community Development. The MGH grant will fund more than 1,400 days of adult health services over the next five years and also will help provide free shuttle bus transportation between the MGH, the Villa Michelangelo Center and three low-income elderly housing locations in the North End.

"Every day at the MGH, extraordinary caregivers provide extraordinary care using the most cutting-edge medical science and technology," said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. "But sometimes, it's the little things that can really change people's lives — like a ride to this program or not having to worry about how to pay for a daily activity that helps keep you healthy."

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