Whidden Hospital Names New ER Director, Obtains New MRI

Exterior Whidden Memorial Hospital Emergency Room

EVERETT – Cambridge Health Alliance has named a new Chief of Emergency Medicine at their Whidden Memorial Hospital campus in Everett.

Dr. Lai Becker joined Cambridge Health Alliance in 2006 as an emergency medicine physician at CHA’s Cambridge Hospital campus. In 2009, she established CHA’s Division of Medical Toxicology, and she continues to serve as Director of the program.

“Whidden is ahead of the curve in so many areas, and I am excited to work with the wonderful staff there to continue to exceed expectations for patient care,” said Dr. Lai Becker.

Dr. Lai Becker is a graduate of Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, performed her emergency medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and completed the Harvard Medical Toxicology Fellowship.

Chief of Emergency Medicine Melisa Lai Becker

She is board-certified in both emergency medicine and medical toxicology, she previously served as Associate Director of Medical Surveillance for the American Association of Poison Control Centers as well as an emergency medicine physician at both Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md.

Earlier this year, Dr. Lai Becker received the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Residency Outstanding Community Teaching Award. She also serves as an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Whidden’s 24-hour emergency department serves patients of all ages and meets the needs of residents in Everett, Chelsea, Malden, Revere, and Winthrop. In 2011, it is expected to register over 46,000 patient visits.

In the past five years, CHA’s Whidden Hospital campus has changed dramatically, “resulting in improved efficiency, quality, volume, and patient satisfaction” according to a release from the hospital system.

The hospital also unveiled a new MRI unit last month. The state-of-the-art 1.5 Tesla scanner dramatically improves the patient experience, providing fast tests, improved comfort, and excellent image quality.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field to create an image of different parts of the body, which radiologists use to identify and diagnose many conditions. It is located in the Radiology Suite at the Whidden campus, features an open design with interior lighting so that patients will not feel enclosed during their scans.

Cambridge Health Alliance is an integrated award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine.

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