Betsy Nabel speaks at Brigham Town Meeting on May 23, 2019

Betsy Nabel addresses the Brigham community during Town Meeting.

On May 23, Brigham Health President Betsy Nabel, MD, introduced spring 2019 Town Meeting on a celebratory note, announcing that Becker’s Hospital Review recently named Brigham Health one of its Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare.

“As a community, it’s really important for us to share and celebrate our successes together,” Nabel said.

Another tremendous success has been the Brigham’s hand hygiene initiative, increasing institutional compliance from 62 percent to 92 percent in just one year. “Kudos to everyone throughout the organization because the only way you create a safe and healthy environment for our patients is if we’re all working on this together,” said Nabel, who led a round of applause.

Sustaining Momentum

Tim Ewing, PhD, vice president of Employee Diversity, Inclusion & Experience, discussed the hospital’s ongoing Brigham Experience work — emphasizing the importance of collaboration across Brigham Health with diversity of thought and unified commitment. During his presentation, Ewing shared an animation illustrating sources of institutional pride, opportunities for improvement and goals for empowering faculty and staff at all levels of the organization.

As part of a series of campus facilities updates, Julia Sinclair, MBA, senior vice president of Inpatient and Clinical Services, provided an update on the Emergency Department (ED) expansion project, which will double the size of the ED to 51,000 square feet, add 30 beds and create dedicated areas for behavioral health patients and oncology patients. The renovation began last month and is expected to be completed by December 2021, she said.

George Player, CPE, FMA, vice president of Facilities and Operations, discussed the Brigham’s sustainability efforts, including kicking off a new green team at the hospital. Player encouraged any faculty or staff interested in getting involved in the project to contact him directly.

To close the meeting, Nabel shared a heartwarming NBC News video clip highlighting the compassionate care of Denise DePina Dubuisson, RN, of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the celebration of her patient’s “miracle” baby. “This is who we are; this is what it’s about,” Nabel said.

View a recording of the webcast.