Friday, September 21, 2012

Leadership meeting highlights

Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, opened the Sept. 14 leadership meeting and appreciation luncheon with some good news: the hospital is doing better than predicted financially because of increased patient volume. Slavin also touched on the ongoing work of the Strategic Initiative and progress toward implementing the new Partnerswide clinical and administrative electronic system, eCare.

“eCare requires a huge amount of work for us across Partners,” said Slavin. “But it will help us continue to provide great, seamless care for our patients and their families.”

Jeff Davis, senior vice president for Human Resources, shared information about new retirement plan options designed to help employees optimize retirement savings through tax-sheltered annuities. Letters with more details are being sent to participants in October, and informational workshops will be held between Oct. 14 and Dec. 14.

The Innovation Units were next on the agenda, with Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, senior vice president of Patient Care and chief nurse, providing an update about the numerous interventions being implemented on the 12 inpatient units that form the base for a new care delivery model.

“Early signals point to success,” said Ives Erickson. “Our approach is being validated by our patients and their families as well as our staff.”

She also shared the breaking news that average length of stay to date has decreased from fiscal year 2011 by an average of 5.3 percent on Innovation Units, compared with an increase of  0.3 percent on typical units. Ives Erickson noted that this statistic is especially impressive at a time when patient acuity – the complexity of care required – has been increasing.

Hilary Smiley Marshall, senior director of Development, My Giving Helps, closed the meeting by rallying managers and supervisors to support the My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way Employee Campaign, which runs from Sept. 4 through 28. She presented the music video, “Donate Maybe!” featuring MGH employees, and explained the numerous ways funding supports both the hospital and the community the MGH serves. To make a donation, visit

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