Hospital Hires new Doctors, Relocates PHP

NOVEMBER, 2010, JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. — In an effort to continue to serve the needs of its Latino patients, Arbour Hospital, located here, added two new Latino doctors to its medical staff.

Diego Martinucci, MD and Andres Chaparro, MD were hired this summer to support Arbour Hospital’s Latino behavioral health services. Martinucci is the attending psychiatrist for Arbour’s Latino and Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Programs, and Chaparro treats the hospital’s inpatients. Together, the two doctors make sure the needs of the patients are met through the inpatient, PHP and IOP continuum of care.

Approximately 55 percent of Arbour’s inpatients are Latino, according to Chaparro, and Arbour’s Latino PHP continues to grow. To help facilitate the continuum of care for Spanish speaking patients, Chaparro and Martinucci can also see patients at Arbour’s outpatient clinic. “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.”

Both doctors have extensive experience treating patients with varied cultural backgrounds. Martinucci 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.

Chaparro works primarily on Arbour’s inpatient units in a psychopharmacology role. He has 20 years of experience, receiving his degree in Bogota, Colombia, and completing his psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York. “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.”

To build awareness and improve access to its partial hospitalization programs, Arbour Hospital relocated its Latino PHP to 500 Amory St., here, where it now shares space with Arbour’s Psychiatric PHP and is neighbor to Arbour Counseling Services, Boston. “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.”

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