Once the “Red Sox hospital,” now a nursing home, Sancta Maria in Cambridge to close.

The Cambridge Chronicle has a nice story on the hospital’s history, along with some photos of the nuns who worked there.

CaptureShortly after its founding in 1948, Sancta Maria Hospital earned the nickname “the Red Sox hospital” because of the number of players who received care there. Initially located on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, a little more than a mile across the river from Fenway Park, the hospital provided a convenient place for treating players’ injuries and ailments.

The nuns on staff, members of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, would receive a call from a team doctor or trainer asking, “Is our room empty?”, according to a 1949 Boston Globe article. The nuns would start preparing “the Red Sox room,” described as a “pleasant, blue room with large open fireplace and cheery floral hangings.”


Go Red Sox! Help Iraq War vets!

DFCI jersey


First, for another super timely digest of health policy blogs, see this week’s edition of Health Wonk Review, hosted by the excellent, Bay State-based Healthcare Technology News.


Two stories of note in the Globe today.

Liz Kowalczyk reports that when some of the Red Sox players made a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center last year, they decided they wanted to do more than shake hands and parade their World Series trophy around.

Now that visit in February 2008 has turned into much more. The Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital will announce today the launch of a $6 million program to treat the rising number of men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries and to encourage reluctant veterans to seek services.

Dana Farber
Dana Farber Cancer Center

All that, and a walk-off win last night.

Note the involvement of Dr. Laurence Ronan, who also helped get an injured, 12-year-old boy out of Iraq and into Mass General for treatment. If you haven’t read Kevin Cullen’s heartbreaking series, Rakan’s War, you should.  

(BHN notes that Doonesbury has a new character, Toggle, an Iraq vet recovering from a brain injury.)

And, in the most revolting story of the day, a local biotech company is suing an Oregon university. The company charges that the school did not properly care for monkeys after severing their spinal cords for the company’s experiment.

The lawsuit offers a rare look at the conditions laboratory animals endure in the course of medical research, and the enforcement of the federal law that requires the humane treatment of these animals.