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Amsterdam named as Tapestry Health's Medical Director

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS Tapestry Health has appointed Diane Amsterdam, MD as the agency's Medical Director. She will continue her private practice at WomanCare in Hadley. Amsterdam is a respected and revered Board Certified Ob-Gyn physician who has practiced medicine in Western Massachusetts since the 1980s. Amsterdam was educated at Vassar College and attended George Washington University Medical School, graduating in 1980. She completed her four year residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center and since then has worked in private practice in Hampshire County. Amsterdam has a long and deep commitment to women's health and social justice. This January, she was recognized for her work as a recipient of the 2008 Reproductive Freedom Award, awarded jointly by ProChoice Mass NARAL, Abortion Fund of Western Massachusetts and Tapestry Health. Amsterdam's commitment to Tapestry Health extends beyond her new role overseeing the agency's medical services. She regards all Tapestry Health programs as crucial pieces of a comprehensive public health model for Western Massachusetts. Amsterdam has referred many of her patients to WIC and advocated for Needle Exchange. In addition to her expertise in reproductive health, she recognized early on the public health emergency of HIV/AIDS. About her new position as Medical Director, Amsterdam said, "Tapestry Health has always been an invaluable health resource in our community. I have always been impressed with its mission of providing quality, affordable and caring services to underserved populations. As Medical Director, I look forward to continuing Tapestry Health's fine work and working with the highly skilled staff on continuing and expanding essential public health services in Western Massachusetts." Amsterdam is the mother of two adult daughters, Ariel and Brooke Childs. She and her husband Michael Childs, PhD, a child psychologist, live in Amherst.

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