MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS from across the MGH heard several updates May 11 about the progress of the Lunder Building, the “My Giving Helps” campaign and the hospital’s response to an affirmative action plan compliance audit.
Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, welcomed attendees and opened the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of James J. Mongan, MD, former MGH president and Partners HealthCare president and CEO, who died May 3. Slavin commented that the MGH, Partners and the world of health care policy had lost a giant who had been a positive, passionate and constructive force throughout his career.
Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration and Lunder Building executive sponsor, then provided an overview of the construction of the Lunder Building, beginning in 2006 with the planning and leading up to the final stages today. She announced that the building was on target to receive gold certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system and introduced Andrea Paciello, executive director of Radiation Oncology, and Ed Raeke, director of Materials Management, co-chairs of the Lunder Building Operations Committee. Paciello and Raeke described the upcoming transition of the services moving into the new building as well as an approaching enhancement project at the main entrance of the hospital that will include updates to the sidewalks, White Ramp and front entrance information desk and lobby. Paciello also noted that MGHers can see an insider’s view of all of the planning, construction and design features of the Lunder Building at http://intranet.massgeneral.org/lunderbuilding.
To foster excitement about the “My Giving Helps” MGH Fund employee campaign, Britain Nicholson, MD, chief medical officer and one of seven co-chairs of the campaign, introduced a video of employees singing a version of the song “Respect.” The words to the song were changed to encourage employees to help meet this year’s goals to raise $500,000 and achieve 10 percent employee participation. Nicholson described some of the ways the MGH Fund already has helped MGHers, such as supporting the establishment of the Ambulatory Practice of the Future. This year’s campaign runs throughout May and June, and employees can make a gift by accessing www.massgeneral.org/mygivinghelps.
Bonnie Welch, MGH Human Resources operations director, then provided an update on the hospital’s response to an affirmative action plan compliance audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She explained that the MGH will have a series of reporting requirements over the next two years to demonstrate that improvements have been made in the following areas: retaining interview notes, linking the hospital’s diversity and outreach efforts to specific roles at the hospital, and monitoring this data throughout the year. She stressed that it was important for managers and supervisors to retain interview notes of all applicants for at least two years. In closing, Welch said that the hospital looks forward to continuing to demonstrate its longstanding commitment to the diversity of its workforce.