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Framingham Pharmacy Report Leads to Doctor Indictment

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 6:37 am on September 1, 2011
MetroWest Medical Center - Framingham / Natick (logo)

Dr. Kathleen Porter, who was affiliated with MetroWest Medical Center and had her medical license restricted regarding performing surgery has now been indicted on prescription drug related charges.

FRAMINGHAM, MA --- (Press Release by Middlesex D.A.'s Office) -- A Doctor was indicted today on nine counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

Kathleen Porter, 59, of Needham Heights, was indicted by a Middlesex grand jury on charges of illegally prescribing controlled substances (9 counts) and furnishing false information in an application.

An arraignment date has not yet been set.

“We allege that Dr. Porter took advantage of her position and completely disregarded her patients’ obvious addictions by failing to address their pain needs in a medically responsible manner,” District Attorney Leone said.  “We further allege that the defendant acted in extremely bad faith, putting multiple peoples’ health in jeopardy by recklessly feeding their addictions with no legitimate medical purpose.”

“A license to prescribe is not a license to traffic in drugs and that is what Dr. Porter is alleged to have done with this indictment. The abuse of prescription ...[read more]


Flashmob at MWMC

Filed under: Health & Fitness by Randy Harris at 2:55 pm on November 14, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - For more than two decades, professionals involved with infection control have dedicated one week of the year as "Infection Prevention Week". Originally the week was spent educating others in health care about the importance of reducing the spread of germs and infection.

When Andrei Soran, (CEO of Metrowest Medical Center), got together with  Bonnie Biocchi, (President of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce), during the 2010 Infection Prevention Week, they got the idea to promote the importance of hand washing -- not only to healthcare professionals, but to the community at large.

Using social networking and online media the pair got a Flashmob together, and here's what they came up with:

What a great use of social networking, music, line-dancing and fun to promote something that could keep us all a little healthier, (especially as we head into the cold and flu season).

Great job to all of you Wash Your Hands dancers!

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