Managers and supervisors from across the hospital, as well as those tuning in from off-site locations via satellite, convened in the O'Keeffe Auditorium Jan. 5 for the first leadership meeting of 2011. The meeting revisited issues first touched upon during the Oct. 20 “Case for Change” presentation by Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, and offered details of a hospitalwide budget review initiative to position the MGH to thrive in the years ahead despite a challenging economy. A link to the Oct. 20 presentation is available to the MGH internal community at http://intranet.massgeneral.orgintranet/102010leadershipvideo.asp.
Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, discussed why an in-depth, hospitalwide budget review is necessary at this time and emphasized that an increased focus on efficiency does not compete with quality, but actually enhances it. Following Slavin’s remarks, Sally Mason Boemer, senior vice president of MGH Finance, shared details of the off-cycle budget review initiative. Working closely with Finance, department managers will submit worksheets developed to identify potential opportunities for reducing costs in their base budgets. Managers are asked to submit the worksheets by Feb. 4, after which they will meet with a committee to discuss their findings. In closing, Mason Boemer expressed the importance of the MGH community collaborating to reduce costs and increase efficiency, and explained that communications about the budget review process would be ongoing. For managers and supervisors who missed the Jan. 5 meeting, the information will be presented again by Slavin and Mason Boemer Jan. 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the O'Keeffe Auditorium.