Sen. Harriette L. Chandler features Commonwealth Medicine on Beacon Hill Chat show

February 20, 2015

Sen. Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester, features the role of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division in improving health care policy and programs in Massachusetts, across the nation and around the globe on an episode of the Beacon Hill Chat television show.

“Commonwealth Medicine is a little jewel,” said Chandler, who described the public service and operations division as an entity of which Massachusetts should be proud.

Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, and Executive Director of Marketing Patrice MacCune were interviewed by Chandler in the Worcester studio of WCCA TV13 Friday, Jan. 20. They described Commonwealth Medicine’s work partnering with state agencies and public officials to improve the effectiveness of health and human service programs – thereby improving the quality of life for residents of Massachusetts and beyond.

“We were founded … to really help to solve the most vexing problems in the commonwealth,” said Murphy, who explained that improving health care for all is part of the medical school’s mission.

Commonwealth Medicine’s Community Case Management program coordinates care for thousands of the most medically fragile children in Massachusetts – managing the services they need to live at home rather than in nursing facilities. And its Newborn Screening Program tests blood spots from babies in Massachusetts and several New England states, checking for diseases and disorders so that treatment can begin as quickly as possible.

“We really aim to continue to distinguish UMass Medical School nationally and internationally,” Murphy said.