Massachusetts Hospital Association’s Compass Award Presented to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham

Date: March 13, 2017

BID–Needham receives award for "Enhancing Culture & Leadership"

BURLINGTON, Mass. – The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) honored Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID–Needham) with a first-place Accountable Care Compass Award, which celebrates provider excellence and innovation in the delivery of high-quality, safe and efficient care. The “Enhancing Culture & Leadership” award was presented at the second annual ceremony breakfast in Burlington, Mass., recognizing BID–Needham for sustaining transformational change by creating a culture of safety in a hospital setting.

“We are proud to accept this award recognizing our commitment to providing outstanding quality and safety,” said President and CEO John Fogarty, FACHE. “We have made significant efforts to strengthen our culture of patient safety and quality care and remain committed to making patient experience our highest priority. Congratulations to all of our staff on their tremendous work to support each other and our patients.”

“As a team, we set out every day to ensure the safest environment for patients and employees,” said Heidi Alpert, RN, MSN, senior clinical director, who accepted the award on behalf of BID–Needham. “This requires ongoing open communication throughout the organization, from our strong leadership team to our dedicated frontline staff. This award reflects our ongoing initiative to create and sustain a culture of safety for our patients and staff.”
“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide the highest quality care for patients and create a great workplace for employees,” said Connie CrowleyGanser, MS, RN, senior director, Health Care Quality and Patient Safety. “Thank you to the Massachusetts Hospital Association for all that they do to support health care in our community.”

“The Compass Awards competition encourages members to detail their best and most creative patient care and quality improvement efforts, to both inform the public and share best practices among their peers and colleagues,” said MHA’s President and CEO Lynn Nicholas, FACHE, who conceived the idea for awards. “It appropriately highlights the fundamental mission of providers—exhibiting excellence in caring for patients, families and communities.”

BID–Needham’s initiative was selected from nearly 60 submissions MHA received from hospitals, physician groups, home health agencies and other care providers from across the commonwealth. Independent judges reviewed the entries and selected two finalists and a first place award in each of the following six categories:

1. Reducing Hospital-Acquired Conditions and Readmissions
2. Improving Organizational Efficiencies
3. Enhancing Culture and Leadership
4. Providing Care to Special Populations
5. Improvements Across the Continuum of Care
6. Physician Practice Innovations

The awards were presented at a March 9th breakfast ceremony emceed by Emmy Award-winning A&E Critic Joyce Kulhawik and attended by hospital, health system, physician organization and other healthcare provider leaders and innovators from across Massachusetts.

Click here for a full list of first place awardees and finalists.