Bringing Sustainability to Our Somerville Campus and Beyond

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Nationwide, healthcare organizations spend $6.5 billion on energy each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. At Partners HealthCare, we’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint. To celebrate Earth Day this week, here are a few ways we’re working toward that goal.

Sustainable Initiatives Across Our Network

Our Sustainable Initiatives program gets hospitals and employees throughout the Partners system involved in a number of activities, from reducing energy consumption to increasing recycling and diverting waste from landfills, purchasing products without harmful chemicals and switching to antibiotic meats in our cafeterias.

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Volunteers Celebrate One Boston Day at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

One Boston Day at Spaulding

Two years ago, our hospitals treated nearly a hundred patients who were injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. On April 15th we marked the second anniversary of the attack by taking part in a new tradition: One Boston Day. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh designated One Boston Day as a time to give back to the local community and celebrate its resiliency.

At Partners HealthCare, we marked One Boston Day at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Spotlighting Innovation at Our Inaugural Forum

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Throughout the United States, every phase of healthcare is being fundamentally restructured. As these changes take place, the need for disruptive research and applied innovation will remain an enduring priority. Partners HealthCare, as the largest single academic research entity, is convening leaders from around the globe to consider the future of collaborative innovation as part of the inaugural World Medical Innovation Forum.

The event, an international gathering of more than 1,000 senior decision-makers from the life sciences, investment, clinical, entrepreneurial and academic communities, will be taking place in Boston from April 27-29, 2015. The Forum is rooted in the belief that no matter how greatly the health care industry transforms, health care providers remain committed to working together to improve patient lives through innovation.

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Affordable Degrees for Partners Employees with College for America

Earning a degree can be the difference between holding a steady job and pursuing a successful career. At Partners HealthCare we’re committed to creating opportunities for employees to go farther in their careers through workforce development and tuition reimbursement programs. One such program is our unique partnership with College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, which The Boston Globe reported on today.

The online programs offered through our partnership with College for America help us give more employees access to earning a degree. The flat, $2,500-a-year rate that College for America offers makes the program very affordable for Partners employees, many of whom can already take advantage of the $2,000 tuition reimbursement we provide full-time employees each year. In the end, earning a degree can cost as little as $0 to $500 per year, or at the most, $2,500.

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Our New Partnership with Harbor Medical Associates

Partners HealthCare began a new partnership with physician group Harbor Medical Associates on the South Shore on Wednesday.

The Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization has a long-standing, close clinical relationship with Harbor Medical Associates. By merging, we will be able to offer more coordinated care for our mutual patients and their families that will improve health outcomes and help bend the cost curve.

Over the past three years, Partners has reduced its community physician cohort by more than 500 doctors in order to begin right-sizing our network and to ensure that our geographic coverage is consistent with our population management strategy. As a result, Harbor’s 70 physicians represent a return of about 3 percent more physicians to our community network, which is already 20 percent smaller than in 2012.

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Why It’s Time to Raise Awareness in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is curable when detected early, yet an American man dies from the disease every 18 minutes. Affecting one in seven men, this disease is even more common than breast cancer (which affects one in eight women), but public awareness and research funding to improve diagnosis and treatment are still lacking.

That’s where AdMeTech Foundation – which works with some of the greatest minds in medicine, including doctors at Brigham and Women’s (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospitals (MGH) and the Dana Farber Cancer Center (DFCC) – plays an important role. My co-founders and I established AdMeTech in 1997 to help expedite the development of better diagnostic tools to detect and treat aggressive prostate cancer earlier. Accurate diagnosis is the biggest challenge today in prostate cancer care, so one of our main efforts has been The Manogram® Project. This research, education, awareness and advocacy initiative was designed to be men’s answer to women’s regular mammograms.

As a Boston-based foundation, we’ve benefited tremendously from long-standing collaborations.

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An Update on Our Plans with South Shore Hospital and Hallmark Health System

After conversations with the Attorney General’s office last week, we have taken an important step with regard to our affiliation plans with South Shore Hospital (SSH) and Hallmark Health System (HHS). The Attorney General made a public statement and a formal filing with the court yesterday.

We have listened and heard the public concerns, and in conjunction with the leadership at SSH, we have decided that the best approach is not to proceed with our plan to bring SSH into Partners. We are extremely grateful to the entire SSH community for their tireless commitment to our collective vision. We have a strong clinical affiliation with SSH and that will continue.

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Higher-Quality Care: Reducing the Risks of ICU Stays

This is the first in an ongoing series by our Quality, Safety & Value team highlighting Partners HealthCare’s efforts to develop and implement best practices across our network of hospitals to improve the quality of care patients receive while reducing costs.

At Partners HealthCare, we’re investing in system-wide clinical teams to improve care and reduce costs. One of those teams, the Partners Critical Care Collaborative, shares best practices with all our hospitals to improve patient care and outcomes in our hospital intensive care units (ICU).

One challenge that patients frequently experience in an ICU is delirium, which is a rapid change in consciousness and brain function. And patients in an ICU with mechanical ventilation, or assisted breathing, can also acquire mental or physical weakness as a result of their care. Both delirium and ICU-related weakness increase the chance of staying in the hospital longer and can lead to negative outcomes such as reduced mental or physical function, or increased mortality.

The cost to society is enormous. Caring for delirious, mechanically-ventilated patients in the United States can cost anywhere from $6.5 to $20.4 billion a year, according to research published in Critical Care Nurse.

The cost to patients is even more troubling. Patients with delirium can have lifelong reduced mental or physical function, increased likelihood of going to a nursing home, difficulty maintaining social relationships, and delays in returning to work. Patients with ICU-related weakness can have muscle problems up to one year after their illness.

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Partners Names New CEO

David Torchiana

We are pleased to share the news that the Partners HealthCare Board of Directors met Wednesday evening to choose its next President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. David Torchiana. He is currently Chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO). Dr. Torchiana is recognized and respected as a thoughtful, caring leader whose wisdom and understanding of today’s health care environment will provide a steady hand for Partners in the years ahead.

Last fall, Dr. Gary Gottlieb announced his intentions to step down from his leadership position this year to join Partners In Health as its CEO. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Gottlieb for his dedication and his vision for our organization as he set us on a course that has proven to be an important guide for our future. Dr. Torchiana will assume his new role in March 2015.

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Creating Competitive Jobs for People with Disabilities

For many years, individuals with disabilities have found jobs through programs that gave them work experience but weren’t necessarily competitive in terms of benefits, compensation and the opportunity to grow in a career.

At Partners HealthCare, we’re focused on taking those opportunities to the next level by creating a more integrated workforce in which employees with disabilities have as much access to competitive jobs as the rest of their colleagues.

Beyond being “the right thing to do,” having an integrated workforce makes good business sense. It always helps us as health care providers to have a work force that reflects the communities we serve. It allows us to have a richer understanding of each other and also maximize the talents we bring to caring for our patients.

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