REDEFINING CARE: From left, Jaff with Ann Prestipino, senior vice president for Surgical and Anesthesia Services and Clinical Business Development and Institute executive sponsor, and Timothy Ferris, MD, medical director of the MGPO and vice president of Population Health Management at Partners.
The Bulfinch Lawn was abuzz Sept. 12 with employees eager to learn about the Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care during “Health Information Day.” Designed to introduce the MGH community to the new interdisciplinary Institute, the event featured informational sessions, panel discussions, hands-on demonstrations, samples from area food trucks and promotional giveaways.
The Institute’s team-based collaborative approach brings together members of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, Vascular Center and Stroke Service to provide more well-rounded integrated clinical care to improve and advance the diagnosis and treatment of heart, vascular and cerebrovascular conditions. This is the first truly integrated cardiovascular and cerebrovascular institute in the region and sets a new paradigm in the management of patients.
“The skill and experience of the 2,500 people who are part of the Institute is incredible,” says Michael R. Jaff, DO, medical director of the Vascular Center, who moderated three of the four panel discussions. “Everyone is really focused on providing the best care we can for our patients while also providing the best value for that care.”
The event also featured 10 “innovation stations” where attendees could speak to Institute staff and view demonstrations and examples of research efforts and technological innovations. At the Resynchronization for Advanced Cardiac Therapy (ReACT) booth, Mary Orencole, RN, adult nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Program, discussed several cutting-edge treatments available at the MGH.
“The reaction of the people coming by has been great,” Orencole said. “They were able to be hands-on with the equipment and really learn what’s going on in our program. They were able to understand first-hand the power of these remarkable monitoring systems that allow us to save lives.”