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July 1, 2011                                      Volume 1, Issue 4

Happy Birthday, Boston Medical Center
BMC Milestones

Happy Birthday, Boston Medical Center

President and CEO Kate Walsh

Dear colleagues:

Today marks BMC's 15-year anniversary. As we reach this milestone, we have so much of which to be proud. This is a wonderful organization, and despite recent challenges, we continue to deliver exceptional care without exception to our patients every day and to carry out a robust academic mission. We have much to celebrate, and in this special issue of the BMC Brief, you'll find a snapshot of some of our many significant accomplishments over the years. These achievements and successes could not have happened without your hard work and the dedication you show to our patients and one another every day. You are truly remarkable, and I applaud you and thank you.
One of the things I am most proud of is our commitment to training the medical leaders of tomorrow, and I would like to welcome the 230 interns, residents and fellows who joined us recently. I look forward to seeing you around campus in the months and years to come.
The holiday weekend is here, and I hope you'll relax and enjoy it with family and friends. My best wishes for a happy and safe July 4th and my special thanks to those of you who will be caring for our patients this weekend.

Kate Walsh 
President and Chief Executive Officer 

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BMC Milestones

Boston City Hospital, Boston Specialty and Rehabilitation Hospital and Boston University Medical Center Hospital merge to form Boston Medical Center. Elaine Ullian is named President and CEO. BMC becomes the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine and is affiliated with the Boston HealthNet community health centers.

The BMC HealthNet Plan receives approval from the state and begins operations. Currently it serves more than 250,000 members, and is Massachusetts' largest managed care organization for both MassHealth and Commonwealth Care.


First Lady Hillary Clinton visits BMC to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. The program was founded by BMC Chief of Pediatrics Barry Zuckerman, MD.

The BMC Preventative Food Pantry and Demonstration Kitchen opens. The first hospital-based program of its kind in the nation, it now provides groceries to nearly 7,500 low-income patients and their families each month.

Harrison Pavilion is renamed Menino Pavilion to acknowledge Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's support of Boston Medical Center.
The Yawkey Foundation announces a $15 million gift to BMC to establish a cancer treatment center to be named after the late Congressman Joseph Moakley. 

BMC is the first hospital in Boston to begin widespread use of robotic technology, using it to perform surgery for prostate cancer and to remove head and neck tumors in adults.

BMC receives the prestigious American Hospital Association (AHA) Living the Vision Award. The award recognizes leaders in the health care field and is given to organizations and individuals effectively carrying out AHA’s vision of “a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.”

The Moakley building opens. Named in honor of the late Congressman Joseph Moakley, the new facility brings together many cancer programs and other programs of clinical excellence and specialty services.

BMC’s Bariatric Surgical program is named Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons.

BMC chosen as one of five centers in the United States and the only center in the northeast to participate in the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network.

BMC and BUSM receive a $23 million NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award to help discoveries move more quickly to becoming treatments for patients and to engage communities in clinical research efforts.

The BMC HealthNet Plan earns the No. 2 rank among Medicaid plans in the nation from U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Karl Kuban, MD, chief of Pediatric Neurology, and colleagues find that children born more than three months premature are at three times the risk for screening positive on the modified checklist for autism in toddlers (M-CHAT). Children who screen positive on M-CHAT may be at greater risk for developing autism. These findings appeared in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Brian Jack, MD, Family Medicine, and researchers from Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge), a BMC/BUSM research group that develops and tests strategies to improve the hospital discharge process, show how they are able to reduce "hospital utilization"—which includes both 30-day readmissions and emergency department visits—by about 30 percent. The findings are published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Kate Walsh named BMC President and CEO.

Robert Sege, MD, PhD, director of BMC Ambulatory Pediatrics, finds that unemployment is linked with child maltreatment. Learn more.

Karen Freund, MD, MPH, of Medicine and Epidemiology, and colleagues show that screening mammogram rates can be improved among inner-city women if patient navigators help them overcome barriers to getting tested for early signs of breast cancer.

Boston Magazine recognizes 60 BMC physicians in its “Top Docs” issue. The physicians are recognized for being “tops” in their fields.

BMC opens the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center. Learn more.

BMC raises record $2.5 million at 15th anniversary Gala.

BMC receives the Founding Hospital Recognition Award from the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH). BMC is one of the first five founding members of the NAPH. The founders identified the need for an association that could advocate for improved coverage, access, and the general well-being of the most vulnerable patients in the American health system.


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