“Community health is in the DNA of Mass General. We were founded more than 200 years ago to care for the sick poor. Today we carry out that commitment with community partners to address social and economic determinants of health.” — Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president

The MGH received the Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most prestigious community service honors in health care. The MGH was honored for its longstanding commitment to addressing issues such as the obesity epidemic and opioid crisis, and its dedication to reducing barriers to health care, providing youth with health and science opportunities, and reducing social and economic barriers to care for vulnerable patients.

An MGH/MGPO Opioid Task Force was formed to better respond to the state’s opioid epidemic and improve patient care. The group – made up of clinicians and nonclinicians from a number of departments – created a set of institutional best practice guidelines focused on the safe and thoughtful prescribing of opioids in the setting of acute pain, and for medications issued to patients with chronic pain.

Hurricane Matthew devastated areas of the Caribbean and southern United States. MGHers were deployed to Haiti with the International Medical Corps and Project Hope, and in the U.S. as part of the federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team for Massachusetts. In continued response, numerous departments teamed up with Buildings and Grounds to host supply drives for basic necessities that were shipped to The Aquin Hospital in Haiti.

Bethany Groleau, RN, of Lunder 9, was the first MGH nurse to receive the Global Nursing Fellowship, and traveled to Uganda to teach a group of six nurses basic oncology nursing skills and practices, and safe chemotherapy administration. The fellowship sponsors nurses to serve in low-resource settings to promote professional nursing through education and clinical practice. 

Read more articles from the 12/30/16 Hotline issue.