This is the first in a series of occasional posts from Partners HealthCare President and CEO David Torchiana, M.D.
I was recently given the opportunity to talk about Partners HealthCare at a breakfast meeting of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The topics included concerns about the opioid crisis, our commitment to community health centers and population health management, and our Partners Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) programs to help area students through college, not just with financial support but with mentoring and academic support that would help to ensure that as many as possible could complete their course of study. Getting to college is only the beginning; graduating is the prize.
Since this was a business event, the region’s flourishing life sciences industry was also a principal topic. This sector of our economy has grown many times faster than competitor cities over the last 15 years, a development that can be traced to our concentration of great research universities and teaching hospitals. Four of the nation’s top five independent hospitals funded by NIH are in Boston, and the top two among them are MGH and BWH.