PRIMARY CARE PROGRESS: From left, Barry, Edgman-Levitan, Weil and Slavin
"Primary care at the MGH is alive and well," said MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, at the Nov. 1 Primary Care Community Showcase hosted by the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation. "It's wonderful to see many people here who are so dedicated to the work of primary care - a field that I call my own."
More than 250 primary care providers and administrators from across the MGH attended the event, which featured informative displays from more than 30 adult and pediatric primary care practices at the hospital, ranging from the Internal Medicine Associates to Child and Adolescent Resource Materials to the Center for Community Health Improvement.
"It's great to be able to highlight our work at an event with so many people," said Eric Kamba, MSW, MPH, of the Refugee Health Assessment Program at the Chelsea HealthCare Center, which provides heath assessments to refugees and connects them with primary care providers. "It's not something we get to do very often."
Susan Edgman-Levitan, PA, executive director of the Stoeckle Center, welcomed guests to the event, explaining that the center celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Eric Weil, MD, MGPO associate medical director for Primary Care and associate chief of Clinical Affairs for the MGH General Medicine Unit, spoke next and encouraged attendees to make the most of the evening's showcase as a learning opportunity. "If each one of us could take away one thing we've learned at this event and bring it back to our respective practice, we'd be that much further along."
The evening culminated with Slavin and Michael Barry, MD, medical director of the Stoeckle Center, presenting Portraits in Primary Care awards to 15 primary care staff members. The Stoeckle Center had solicited nominations from the MGH primary care community to recognize providers who make remarkable contributions to the field every day, and a selection committee including nursing, medical and administrative staff from several MGH practices selected the winners. In conjunction with the award, photographic portraits were taken of each recipient to be displayed at the hospital. For a complete list of awardees, access www.massgeneral.org/stoecklecenter/10/portraits.aspx.