Health care

Over $5.3 million granted to local healthcare providers; $4m to Carney

A crucial lifeline came through for neighborhood health care providers last Thursday when Gov. Deval Patrick awarded 2007's Essential Community Provider Trust grants. Only weeks ago, the pool from which these grants are taken was $10 million less than that of 2006, but a last minute budget supplemental passed in the House of Representatives provided $9.5 million for the fund.  Read more

Mattapan day health center's goal: Give elders and disabled a 'purpose'

At an old brown piano, an old man sits. His fingers deliberately strike the keys to a song he learned long ago. To his right, another "client" sings with the voice of someone who doesn't just remember the words but knows them deep in her soul.

"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…"

"People help each other here," says Maggie Shea, the program director at the Mattapan Adult Day Health Program. "It gives people purpose. The women call each other sisters."  Read more