Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals celebrate community and organizational achievements

June 21, 2013

The following was submitted by Carol Kerbaugh.

Executives from Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals and its parent organization Lahey Health joined over 130 community leaders, physicians and donors on June 6, 2013, to celebrate the hospital's community and physician leaders and highlight the organization's successes over the last year. 

"Since we formed Lahey Health last year, we've seen changes, but our goal has always been to make changes for the better," said Denis Conroy, chief executive officer of Addison Gilbert and Beverly Hospitals. "We've been especially careful not to change the things that have worked so well for us for the past 125 years, like keeping our responsibilities to our communities at the center of everything we do."

At the meeting, Northeast Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees Chairwoman Nancy Palmer highlighted accomplishments from 2012, including recognition for both Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals by the Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence and the successful implementation of ED SBIRT, a program that offers a universal screening for mental health and substance abuse issues in the Addison Gilbert Emergency Department.  Other programs highlighted included the Be Healthy Beverly initiative led by the Greater Beverly Y and Beverly Hospital.

"Professional recognition is great, but the best measure of success in healthcare is healthy outcomes," said Palmer. "For us, that means more than treating patients - it means improving the overall health of the communities we proudly serve.  Improving public health in our service area was always a vital part of the mission of Northeast Health and that commitment remains essential to Lahey Health."

The evening's keynote speaker was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lahey Health, Dr. Howard Grant.  "We are committed to improving access to the best possible care and exceeding the customer service expectations of our patients and clients on the North Shore and Cape Ann," said Grant. "As an integrated system, Lahey Health will coordinate access, and make investments in resources and create models of care that support ease of use."

Grant highlighted Lahey Health Senior Care's HomeCare service, which was recently recognized among the top 25% of home health agencies in the United States  and one of the Top 500 providers nationwide by National Research Corporation and Decision Health.  He shared that after a rigorous re-accreditation process, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities awarded Lahey Health Behavioral Services' Acute Treatment Services and Opiate Treatment Services in Danvers, Boston, and Gloucester the highest level of accreditation.
Dr. Grant acknowledged Lahey Health's investment in a new, state-of-the-art electronic health record software solution from EPIC, which will improve access to patient information and enable the system to achieve greater care coordination throughout the system.

Grant concluded the program by proclaiming the importance of community hospitals to providing high quality cost efficient care. "When you stop and think about it, every measure of performance is enhanced when care is delivered in a local setting. With highly-trained, experienced physicians and nurses delivering more of the care, clinical excellence can be achieved and maintained.  With better cost structures, community-based providers are able to make quality care more cost-efficient. Everyone knows that community hospitals - close to home and staffed by neighbors - are the absolute best at ensuring a superior patient experience."

During the event, radiologist Dr. Christian Ecker received the Doctor Philip D. Herrick Award, given each year to an area physician who exemplifies leadership and commitment to quality care and community service. Also acknowledged during the event were the leaders and physicians who have passed away since the last annual meeting, including Miles Herter, Northeast Behavioral Health Board of Trustees and physicians Drs. David Lovejoy, John Mutterperl, John Wolfe and George Yerozolimsky.

About Beverly Hospital
Beverly Hospital is a full service, 221-bed, community hospital providing quality, patient-centered care to North Shore and Cape Ann residents.  Services include maternity, pediatrics, surgical, orthopedics, cardiology, as well as several other specialties.  The hospital has a medical staff of more than 500 physicians and its service area includes some 13 communities.

About Addison Gilbert Hospital
Addison Gilbert Hospital is a full service, 58-bed medical/surgical acute care facility. The hospital, founded in 1889, provides state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient care to residents of the Cape Ann community in specialties such as radiology, cancer care, primary adult and pediatric care, day surgery, midwifery, gynecology and maternity care, inpatient geriatric services, and emergency medicine. Among all other Massachusetts hospitals we continue to score among the top hospitals in the nation for patient satisfaction in surveys conducted by Press Ganey Associates. In addition, Addison Gilbert Hospital has been named one of the nation's "100 Top Hospitals" by Thomson.