In addition to introducing five guiding principles to advance the Brigham’s cultural transformation (see related story), the fall 2019 Town Meeting with Brigham Health President Betsy Nabel, MD, featured a wide swath of news from across the institution. Here are a few key takeaways from the Dec. 10 event:
- Strategy refresh. Nabel unveiled the newly redesigned “strategy house,” an illustration depicting the Brigham’s mission, vision, values and strategic areas of focus. Among the updates were a refreshed vision statement, “A Healthier Community, a Healthier World,” to underscore the Brigham’s commitment to improving health locally and globally. Nabel also announced the institution’s 12 goals for fiscal year 2020, which include advancing innovation and enhancing community engagement, among others. Learn more.
- Campus updates. Cindy Peterson, MBA, vice president of Regional Ambulatory Operations and Business Development, and George Player, CPE, FMA, vice president of Facilities and Operations, highlighted recent and upcoming capital projects. These include an update on the newly expanded Foxborough site, the future expansion of the Westwood facility, a tentative completion date for the first phase of the Emergency Department expansion (October 2020–January 2021) and plans for a new, 78-bed inpatient building at BWFH.
- Diversity and inclusion. Tim Ewing, PhD, vice president of Employee Diversity, Inclusion and Experience, shared results from a study the Brigham conducted with a third-party consultant to better understand the current state of diversity and inclusion and improve the Brigham Experience. The assessment examined promotion, turnover and representation rates by age, gender, race, ethnicity and more over three years. Ewing noted the study identified opportunities to advance equity in hiring, retention and promotions, especially among employees of color.
- Addressing climate change. In response to an audience question, Player and Bernard Jones, EdM, vice president of Public Policy, shared examples of how the Brigham is supporting environmental sustainability. Jones noted that more than 80 percent of electricity across Mass General Brigham comes from renewable sources, and the system is exploring additional, innovative ways to support its goal of becoming “carbon net positive” by 2025. Player highlighted the new Eco-Green team at the Brigham and ongoing efforts for the institution to become carbon neutral, improve recycling and reduce plastic waste.
- Strategic initiatives and partnerships. The Brigham’s world-renowned advanced, personalized and expert care attracts patients from around the world, which helps strengthen the institution’s financial foundation, said Shelly Anderson, MPM, senior vice president and chief strategy officer. Anderson discussed efforts to nurture new and existing partnerships with health systems in Bermuda, China and the Middle East.
Visit BWHPikeNotes.org to access a recording of the event.