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Dr. Pablo Hernández Itriago Joins South End Community Health Center

Pablo Hernández Itriago, MD, a Primary Care Physician with special interests in preventive medicine, will lead the South End Community Health Center's Medical Team as its founding Doctor, Dr. Gerald Hass, steps down.

"I'm very happy to turn the work over to a wonderful young doctor who has lots of
experience as I step down from 40 years leading the medical direction of this health
center," said Hass.

"I feel very excited for the privilege to succeed Dr. Hass as Medical Director at the
SECHC. ...community health centers have been placed at the vanguard of health care reform and SECHC is well placed to take on the challenge to continue to provide excellent primary care to the community of the South End in Boston," said Hernandez.

"Dr. Hass embodies the center. He is the founder. He has remained true to his
commitment to serve the community that approached him 40 years ago and asked him for health care that would include excellence and continuity. Walking through the health center, you quickly realize he has touched everyone there. He either has been the employee's pediatrician, when they were little, or the pediatrician for their kids." Prior to joining the Health Center, Dr. Hernández was an attending physician at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Hernández graduated from J.M. Vargas School of Medicine at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela with honors and distinctions. He served as Medical Director and Rural Physician in Venezuela and performed an internship and residency in Family Medicine and General Surgery at University of Connecticut.

He also served as Chief Resident in Family Medicine for the Department of Family Medicine at UConn. Additionally, he received the Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the "35 Helping Hands" Award for Family Health Center of Worchester for Community Health.

Dr. Hernández is board certified in Family Medicine. He is also member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. The South End Community Health Center is widely recognized as a leader in providing primary care services to a diverse population of patients from Boston. Originally a pediatric clinic, SECHC has grown to become a full-service institution with 15,000 patients, an $12 million budget and a 100% community board. SECHC is widely recognized for its outstanding preventive care strategies, especially those aimed at children and families. SECHC was the first community health center in Massachusetts to successfully immunize more than 95% of its pediatric patients. SECHC is culturally and linguistically accessible - over 55% of its staff are bilingual/bicultural in Spanish/English.

SECHC offers a full range of services, including: adult medicine, dental, eye/ear, mental health, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, podiatry and WIC.

For more information, visit www.sechc.org