4th of July Holiday Notice

statue of liberty and July 4thOn Friday, July 3rd, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the July 4th holiday except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments. If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed. If it is determined that you need an urgent care appointment, the medical staff can schedule you for an appointment.

As always, if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency access number.

Please note: Pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology will be open at the times listed below as well. Continue reading

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Harvard Vanguard Welcomes Dr. Jose Alberto Betances

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jose Alberto Betances has joined the Department of Pediatrics at our Cambridge  practice and is accepting new patients to his practice. To view his video profile, please watch it here:

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My Humanitarian Mission to the Brazilian Amazon

Alberti 2My uncle, who is also an ophthalmologist, frequently goes on humanitarian missions. He told me about a trip he was taking to the Brazilian Amazon, and I was so inspired that I decided I would join him. The mission was coordinated through the Federal University of Amazonas headquartered in Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas, on the banks of the Negro River in northern Brazil. Our medical team included me, my uncle, another doctor and two residents.

Amazon sunsetDuring our 24-hour journey down the Amazon River in the heart of the Brazilian rain forest, I thought about something my mother had once told me as a child, “Do what you love, and work will never be work.” These words resonated with me as I was surrounded by fertile greenery and the oceanic expanse of the Amazon River. I was at peace. Continue reading

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Free Information Fair for Seniors in Chelmsford

Chelmsford 1Tufts Health Plan Senior Care Options and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates are hosting a free health fair for older adults at our Chelmsford practice. Attendees can learn about their health care options, home and community based services available in the area, caregiver support programs and more. Additionally, there will be onsite fitness programs, raffles and light refreshments.

The details are as follows:

What: Senior Information Fair
When: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates228 Billerica RoadChelmsford, MA 01824

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Living with Diabetes Program Receives ADA Recognition

Hispanic coupleWe are pleased to announce that “Living with Diabetes,” a diabetes self-management education program at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for offering high-quality education services to the patients it serves. The program in our Braintree, Peabody-Lynnfield and Wellesley offices was originally recognized by the ADA in 2008, followed by Chelmsford and Kenmore in 2009, Concord in 2010 and Burlington in 2012. Continue reading

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