MGH Accepts Prestigious Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence In Community Service

his week marks a proud moment for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the entire Partners family, as MGH accepts the prestigious Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence In Community Service. This prize, first awarded in 1986, recognizes health care institutions and communities who make improving community health a priority.

Rarely does an academic medical center like MGH receive this award. It acknowledges the long-term commitment of MGH and its Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI). The center connects with communities to change policies and systems so that decisions about healthy behaviors are easier to make.

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Tags: community, community partnerships, redesigning care

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Acquisition Marks First Out-of-State Partnership For MGH

After nearly a decade of collaboration, Massachusetts General Hospital is moving forward with plans to make New Hampshire-based Wentworth-Douglass Hospital a member of the MGH family.

The move, which is still subject to state and federal regulatory reviews, would make MGH the parent organization of Wentworth-Douglass. The new partnership would be similar in scope to those formed with Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Under the agreement, Wentworth-Douglass would remain an independently licensed, not-for-profit, charitable health care provider with its own board of trustees, medical staff, community connections and fundraising activities.

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Tags: community partnerships, industry interactions

MGH Hack-a-Thon Produces 15 Innovations to Tackle Zika Virus Threat

Earlier this month, more than 150 global health experts and innovators gathered at Massachusetts General Hospital for a comprehensive “Zika Innovation Hack-a-thon.”

The goal of this comprehensive, two-day event was to approach the growing Zika virus threat in new ways, using outside-the-box thinking and technologies, and get the world closer to a solution for this debilitating threat.

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Tags: redesigning care, research and discovery, technology

Annual Report Snapshot: The Opioid Epidemic

An average of 1,000 Massachusetts lives lost per year. Approximately 2.5 million people addicted nationwide. These sobering facts are the face of the opioid epidemic in this country today.

At Partners HealthCare, we’ve made it our priority to create new and enhanced prevention and treatment options for the communities we serve. And in our 2015 Annual Report, we’ve highlighted the people, programs and research that we hope will break the cycle of addiction in Massachusetts—and beyond.

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Tags: community, community partnerships, patient safety, redesigning care

Partners HealthCare, 2015: What Counts

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At Partners HealthCare, what matters are the new treatments, technology innovations, and collaborations that enhance our patients’ lives. Every day, we work to diagnose and treat disease; to see new research opportunities; and to solve the problems that will change our communities for the better. In our Partners HealthCare 2015 Annual Report, out now, we’ve compiled examples from the past year that illustrate this and give you a sense of our commitment and where we’re heading next.

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Tags: affordability, community partnerships, redesigning care

GeneInsight Takes “Continuous Learning” Infrastructure to the Global Stage

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As our understanding of complex genetic testing advances, the need for dynamic clinical networks that analyze, interpret, and react to data in real-time has never been more apparent.

And for the past 10 years, Partners HealthCare has been fortunate to serve as an incubator for GeneInsight, a cutting-edge, responsive gene variance software tool we feel represents a big part of the changing face of medicine in this space.

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Tags: affordability, redesigning care, research and discovery, technology

With Surgeon’s Touch, Partners CEO Addresses Health Care In Massachusetts

In a wide-ranging interview published in CommonWealth Magazine, Partners HealthCare CEO David Torchiana, MD makes a comprehensive case for the constructive role Partners plays in the state’s health care market.

Citing carefully researched data on cost, quality, and affordability, Torchiana explains the economic value of Partners and especially its flagship teaching hospitals, the challenges of the complex health care payment system, and the painful implications of a ballot question supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that would institute price controls on hospitals. In his interview, Torchiana explains why he and the Massachusetts Hospital Association believe this is fundamentally poor policy, suggests that the state’s cost control mechanisms are functioning well, and asks, if this is the case, what are we trying to fix?

Read the entire interview at Commonwealth Magazine.

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Tags: affordability

Expanding Partners eCare to Three More Institutions

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Teams implement and monitor newly-integrated systems at Partners eCare command center.  (Photo courtesy of MGH.) 

At Partners HealthCare, our network of hospitals aims to work seamlessly across a continuum of care. To deliver more coordinated care, you need a more coordinated information management system.

For the last few years, we’ve been building a system that will do just that. Partners eCare launched in 2014, and since then, we’ve been rolling it out to Partners hospitals and affiliated, community-based practices. The system, run on software built by Epic Systems Corp., has ambitious goals: to enhance the patient experience and make health care better, safer and more efficient.

Over the weekend, Partners eCare was fully implemented at Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and our affiliate institution, Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

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Tags: affordability, redesigning care

A System of Support Leads to a Surprising Recovery

After he was ejected from a car in an accident last summer, Anthony Hodges was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Neurosurgeon Dr. Yi Lu performed emergency surgery to try to prevent paralysis, but he still feared Hodges might never walk again. However, Hodges, recently named captain of the Salem State basketball team, was determined that he would not only walk, but even return to the basketball court.

In the months following his surgery, Hodges was treated at another institution within Partners HealthCare, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Tags: coordinated care

New Training Programs Help Veterans Get Much Needed Care

“They said I had PTSD and I’m like…that’s the four-letter word that no one likes to say. I don’t have that. I’m a tough guy. I’m a Marine. What if somebody finds out? What’s going to happen to me?” After six years in the Marine Corps, Brett Cassavant told the Home Base Program in a video interview that he returned home a different person.

Cassavant’s situation is not uncommon: One in three veterans suffers from the “invisible wounds of war,” such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression and substance abuse. Nor is his reaction unusual; many veterans and service members struggle with the perceived stigma of treating mental health issues.

The Home Base Program, a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation, has launched a new training program to help veterans like Cassavant get the care they need, supported by a $1 million grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

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