HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY
AT THE CAMBRIDGE CITY HOSPITAL 1994

Les Havens came to the Cambridge City Hospital from Massachusetts Mental Health Center in 1981 after the untimely death of, a founder and then Chairman, Lee Macht, MD. Macht had passed away suddenly at the age of 43. Havens left his position as Head of Medical School Teaching Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) in order to help put the department back on its feet. As Residency Director he expanded the program significantly. He remained there teaching and supervising until 2009.

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Leston Havens and Residents circa 1993-94

25TH Anniversary of 1968 Founding of Department (audio)

Introduction: CEO John O’Brian
“Linking The Past with the Present” Chair Robert Dowart, M.D.
“The Pioneer Days” Susan Miller-Havens R.N. Ed.D.

In attendance the Founders and the Supporters at the Department’s inception: Former Mayors Walter Sullivan, Barbara Ackerman and Judge Lawrence Feloney, Current City Councilors Michael Sullivan and Kathleen Born

ORIGINS & FOUNDERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY 1969
A 25th Year Commemoration 1994

Psychiatry at The Cambridge City Hospital was a division of The Department of Medicine until 1969. It became a department in 1969 and received a Federal staffing grant. Before that time, the following individuals were employed by the city to provide psychiatric consultation, emergency, community, and in patient services to the citizens of Cambridge.

James C. Beck Richard Bickford Patricia A. Carr Thomas Downey, Penelope M. Freedman, Barbara B. Hauser Edward J. Khantzian, Louella LaCombe, John Latif Mary Ann Lettau, John E. Mack Lee B.Macht Susan E. Miller Lynn Power, Peter P.Reilly M. Holt Ruffin Melvin J. Stern, Anthony Thornell, Charles H. Wilber

In addition, volunteers and staff from The Massachusetts Mental Health Center, The Harvard Medical School, The State Area Board, The Cambridge City Council, Fire, and Police Departments, The Health and Hospitals administration under James, Hartgering, physicians, nurses, social workers, and orderlies contributed to the foundation of the Department as it is known today in 1994.