Gary Gottlieb, MD, Partners HealthCare President and CEO

Gary Gottlieb, MD, Partners HealthCare President and CEO

Gary L. Gottlieb, M.D., M.B.A., serves as President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, assuming the position on January 4, 2010. Dr. Gottlieb comes to this role with a deep and rich history with Partners. He served as President of Brigham and Women’s/ Faulkner Hospitals since March of 2002. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gottlieb was recruited by Partners to become the first chairman of Partners Psychiatry in 1998 and he served in that capacity through 2005. In 2000, he added the role of President of the North Shore Medical Center where he served until early 2002.

Prior to coming to Boston, Dr. Gottlieb spent 15 years in positions of increasing leadership in health care in Philadelphia. In 1983, he arrived at the University of Pennsylvania as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. Through that program, he earned an M.B.A with Distinction in Health Care Administration from Penn’s Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration. He credits the program with building a foundation of interest in health policy, management and academic leadership. Dr. Gottlieb went on to establish Penn Medical Center’s first program in geriatric psychiatry and developed it into a nationally recognized research, training and clinical program. Dr. Gottlieb rose to become Executive Vice-Chair and Interim Chair of Penn’s Department of Psychiatry and the Health System’s Associate Dean for Managed Care. In 1994, he became Director and Chief Executive Officer of Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest, independent, freestanding psychiatric hospital.

In addition to his noteworthy academic, clinical and management record, Dr. Gottlieb has published extensively in geriatric psychiatry and health care policy.He is a past President of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Gottlieb received his BS cum laude from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his M.D. from the Albany Medical College of Union University in a six-year accelerated biomedical program. He completed his internship and residency and served as Chief Resident at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center.

Now, as a recognized community leader in Boston, Dr. Gottlieb also focuses his attention on workforce development and disparities in health care. He was appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino as Chairman of the Private Industry Council, the City’s workforce development board, which partners with education, labor, higher education, the community and government, to provide oversight and leadership to public and private workforce development programs. In 2004-2005, he served as co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force to Eliminate Health Disparities. Dr. Gottlieb believes Partners HealthCare mission is its compass – to inspire, to nurture, to challenge the best and the brightest to step forward and care for the sickest and neediest in our community and around world.

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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A Decision Regarding Our Proposed Partnerships

This afternoon, Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders rejected our consent agreement with the Massachusetts Attorney General which would have allowed us to proceed with our affiliation plans with South Shore Hospital (SSH) and Hallmark Health System (HHS). This decision is very disappointing for all involved in this process, including the South Shore and Hallmark communities that have been incredibly supportive. The judge’s ruling was announced just this afternoon so it will take some time to review the decision.

The judge has said “no” to an agreement that we believe would have paved a pathway to delivering high-quality care closer to home for patients and their families in a lower cost community-based setting. I want to thank everyone who was engaged in this extended process for your patience and your dedication to our vision of providing accessible and affordable health care.


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Supporting Summer Jobs

MLK Scholars

A summer job can be life-changing for a teen. It can address some of the social factors that ultimately determine the health of our young people and set them on a path to educational success and economic independence. For instance, research tells us that students who work in summer jobs are significantly more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college than those who don’t have a summer job.

Like Mayor Walsh, we believe that the young people in our communities should have summer job opportunities. That’s why each year we help to ensure that 450 teenagers have summer jobs at our hospitals.


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A Community Approach to Preventing Domestic and Sexual Abuse

Group photo at State House event

Yesterday, I had the privilege of taking part in an important conversation hosted by Partners HealthCare at the Massachusetts State House about how we – as a community – can improve our response to domestic and sexual abuse.

I joined our state’s legislative leaders, courageous survivors and a number of community-based organizations for a deeply personal and emotional discussion. As caregivers, we at Partners understand that violence against one person also has a devastating ripple effect – families, employers and communities are all impacted.

Our forum was an opportunity to bring together some of the brightest minds working on the prevention of domestic and sexual violence and to work together to best meet the needs of our patients. Perhaps most importantly, it helped shine a bright and public light on an issue that requires a very public response.


Tags: community

White Ribbon Day: Taking a Stand Against Violence Against Women

White Ribbon Banner. Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office

Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor’s Office (Creative Commons)

This year, I have the honor of partnering with some terrific, very dedicated people who are working to end sexual and domestic violence. As a speaker at Jane Doe Inc.’s annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day ceremony next week, I am urging men everywhere to take a stand against violence against women.

Each one of us is affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. And each one of us has a responsibility – to support the women in our lives.

As a health care system, Partners is committing some of the best and the brightest caregivers to preventing and intervening against all forms of violence and abuse. Our nurses, doctors and other response specialists at our hospitals and community health centers work to provide pathways to safety and security.


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Announcing $90 Million in Grants for Community Health Centers

This is a special day for Partners HealthCare for two reasons. First, our partnership with Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) officially begins, and today we announced a new program to provide grants to community health centers (CHCs) across the state.

The Partnership for Community Health is a joint initiative between Partners HealthCare, NHP and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the League). Through it, we’ll be providing up to $90 million in grants to community health centers over the next 15 years. This initiative will provide community health centers and their patients with access to a long-term, sustainable resource as they continue to innovate and lead the way in the new health care environment.


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Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report

Today, U.S. News and World Report released their 2012-2013 Best Hospitals Guide, and we are pleased to announce that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) earned the top spot on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll, ranking number one in the nation. Our co-founding hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), also received special recognition, ranking ninth on this prestigious list.

This is a tremendous achievement not only for these institutions, but also for Boston and our region. Once again, Boston is the only city in the U.S. to have two hospitals ranked in the top ten.


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A Checklist for Delivering High Value and Quality Care

This week, health care thought leaders and policy makers in Massachusetts are focused on the issue of health care costs. In fact, today I participated in a public forum at Bunker Hill Community College as part of the Patrick Administration’s annual health care cost trend hearings (read the testimony in its entirety here).

But Massachusetts isn’t the only place where health care costs are the subject of thoughtful debate and meaningful analysis. All across the country, amazing innovations are underway as some of the brightest minds come together to rethink health care delivery in an effort to provide patients more value.


Tags: affordability, coordinated care

Partners HealthCare Selected as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

There is no question that the health care industry is in the midst of an exciting and historic period of change as the health care community focuses on improving care and lowering costs. At Partners HealthCare, we want to be part of the solution to these key issues, and we embrace our responsibility to be innovators as well as leaders.

As reported in this morning’s Boston Globe, Partners has been selected by the federal government to participate in a new Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model. This initiative, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, focuses on enhanced care coordination as the means to provide Medicare patients with high quality, cost-efficient care. Partners is one of just 32 health care organizations across the country – including five here in Massachusetts – chosen to test the effectiveness of the Pioneer ACO. This makes our Commonwealth among the most penetrated markets in terms of Medicare beneficiaries participating in this new model. The program, which has the potential to slow cost-growth in the long term, will begin January 1st for nearly 150,000 Medicare patients in Massachusetts (45,000 here at Partners).


Tags: affordability, coordinated care, redesigning care

An Ongoing Mission to Reduce Costs

Health care costs are increasing at an unsustainable rate. But as they threaten to crowd out other societal priorities like education and public safety, we must be thoughtful in how we approach cost control while at the same time improving the quality of care. Instead, providers and insurers alike must pursue innovative new ways to work together to deliver care; there is a marketplace expectation for all of us to do so.

Partners HealthCare is committed to tackling some of health care’s toughest challenges, and we have already implemented both short- and long-term solutions.


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