New Doctors Propel Latino Services

In an effort to maximize the use of space and continue to build awareness and improve access to its partial hospitalization programs (PHP), Arbour-Hospital’s Latino PHP recently relocated to 555 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, where it now shares space with Arbour’s Psychiatric PHP and is neighbor to Arbour Counseling Services, Boston. The hospital also recently hired two new doctors to help continue to serve the needs of its Latino patients.

Diego Martinucci, MD, is the attending psychiatrist for both PHP programs at the Amory Street location and Andres Chaparro, MD, treats Arbour Hospital’s inpatients. Together, the two doctors make sure the needs of the patients are met and a continuum of care is achieved through the inpatient, PHP and IOP continuum of care. “There are not many Spanish speaking doctors in the area,” Chaparro explained. Our goal is to have the patients stay with us and continue their treatment with us.”

“The reason for the Latino PHP move is to maximize the use of space within the hospital and outpatient buildings and to make the programs more accessible to patients and their family,” explained Joe Murphy, Chief Executive Officer at Arbour Hospital.  “It’s a great location, close to the T station, within walking distance of a bus stop and easier access to communities from which patients originate. 

Martinucci, who started at Arbour Hospital in July, was born in Argentina and has 14 years of experience treating mental health patients. He completed 2 four-year psychiatry residencies — his first in Buenos Aires and his second in Boston. Besides experience, Martinucci also brings a bicultural awareness to the program. “I lived in Argentina for 35 years and am married to a Dominican woman. I know the culture. I know the language. It’s a very good fit,” he explained.

As part of the hospital’s goal to better serve its Latino patients, Arbour hired Chaparro in May. Chaparro works solely on the inpatient units in a psychopharmacology role. “I work to bring patients back to equilibrium through medication management,” he explained. Chaparro has 20 years experience, receiving his degree in Bogota, Colombia, and completing his psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York.

Chaparro said that approximately 55 percent of the patients he treats at Arbour are Latino; therefore his multicultural background plays a big role in helping to bridge the cultural barrier. “I have a sociology and anthropology background so I’m sensitive to cultural needs,” he said. “That’s important when it comes to understanding mental health issues and fulfilling patient expectations.”

For more information, call the Arbour’s Latino PHP at 617-522-4400 or Arbour Counseling Services, Boston at 617-524-5523.