MEGAN MCGRATH, MSW
Megan McGrath is a social worker at the MGH Wellness Center at Fox Hill Village in Westwood. Originally from Newton, MA, she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Boston College. Her MSW includes a concentration in Geriatric Clinical Social Work. Megan has been working for MGH Senior Health since October of 2001, and has been practicing as a social worker for over 10 years. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Megan’s family and educational experiences had a strong influence on her decision to pursue a career as a social worker. Her grandfather had a stroke when he was 62, and her grandmother cared for him at home for 7 years. Megan watched her grandmother negotiate the system to obtain services and medical equipment for her grandfather. Also, through her mother, a special education teacher, Megan had the opportunity to observe the benefits of a team model of care. She got involved in senior health and geriatrics during her second year of graduate school when she was placed at the West Roxbury/Brockton VA Medical Center in the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) and the Community Nursing Home Program, where Dr. Minaker from MGH Senior Health was the Chief of Geriatric Medicine.
At MGH Senior Health, Megan enjoys working with experienced and professional clinicians who are so dedicated to the care of older adults. She feels that the team approach at MGH Senior Health provides support to clinicians as well as continuity of care to the patients. Working with an older population, Megan has found that family involvement is usually very strong and as a social worker she often works with the family as much as the patient. Providing information and support to a patient and their family is something she finds extremely rewarding.
When she is not assisting her patients at Fox Hill Village, Megan enjoys working out at the gym, walking, reading, watching movies, keeping up with current events, and going to the Cape on the weekends. She also loves to spend time with her family, including her parents, sisters, husband, son, and her chocolate lab named Murphy.
“I love the work I do, and I empathize with what my patients and their families go through.”