As we come to the end of the year we should reflect on all that the GBMC HealthCare System has accomplished in 2015. We celebrated our 50th anniversary and finished our celebrating with a beautiful gala with over 1,300 friends of GBMC in attendance. The magical evening, which highlighted GBMC’s service to our community and vision for the future, was a smashing success. That night we announced that we exceeded our anniversary fundraising goal by raising over $54.7 million. This will allow the GBMC HealthCare system to continue to build on the work of the mothers and fathers of GBMC some 50 years ago and to help us move even faster toward our vision. All those who worked hard to make our 50th celebration deserve my sincere thanks!
Here are some of our other accomplishments and highlights during 2015:
--We continued our transformation to an outstanding community health system that our patients experience as a system. We reduced serious safety events from 21/year a few years ago to 2 in the year ending June 30, 2015! We became the only health system in Maryland to know precisely what our diabetes composite score is for our more than 4,000 diabetics and we achieved the national 80th percentile in their care! Our employed physician group achieved their highest satisfaction scores ever for delivering patient-centeredness by increasing hours of availability and reducing waits and delays of all kinds! GBMC Hospital achieved its highest overall HCAHPS (satisfaction) scores ever! Gilchrist Hospice Care grew by more than 20% and is now serving 750 patients every day! We were recognized by Chet Burrell, president of CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as being a lower cost health system with very high quality!
--Our Epic Team completed the build of our new electronic record and will now begin the testing phase prior to our October 2016 go-live. In October we will realize: One patient…One record for all served by our employed and GBHA aligned physicians, our hospital, and our hospice!
--More than 160 members of GBMC’s medical staff in 80 different specialty areas were recognized in the annual Baltimore Magazine “Top Docs” issue. Once again, we had more physicians recognized than any other community health system in the region! We are so fortunate to have outstanding surgeons, internists, pediatricians, family physicians, and other wonderful specialists.
-- In 2015, the Baltimore Magazine released a second list of exceptional medical providers, recognizing 50 of the region’s top nurses for their extraordinary contributions to healthcare. The inaugural “Excellence in Nursing” issue featured seven GBMC HealthCare nurses among the 50 awardees!
--Our fantastic volunteer auxiliary again contributed thousands of hours of service and tremendous success in fundraising through our Nearly New sales. Our Foundation ran a spectacular Legacy Chase steeplechase event that showcased our HealthCare system to the community.
-- We had the pleasure of having United States Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) join us for a tour of GBMC HealthCare’s Family Care Associates (FCA) and for a town hall conversation on helping families find novel healthcare options, the future of the Maryland Medicare waiver, and the continued evolution on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Some of our other achievements in 2015 included:
--Named as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers by the Women’s Choice Awards. The Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes centers that meet high standards for stroke care as determined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
--Our very own Laura Clary, RN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A, CPEN, Clinical Program Manager for our SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examination) Program was invited by U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden to join him for his visit to the Maryland State Police forensics lab.
--CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) recognized GBMC as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement. The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with recommendations from expert physicians and medical organizations.
--We earned Gold Commendation and the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award from The Commission on Cancer (CoC), an official accreditation body of the American College of Surgeons and nationally recognized as the standard by which cancer programs are judged. GBMC received a perfect score for all standards and was one of only 20 U.S. healthcare facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor.
--Teamed up for the first time with WMAR-TV and raised over $440 and collected hundreds of toys for the 17th annual “It’s Kindertime Toy Drive.” Thank-you to all the hundreds of employees and their families along with the many donors who helped contribute to the toy drive.
--For the second year in a row, a GBMC physician was honored with the Martin D. Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control by the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control. Dr. Gary Cohen, medical director of our Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute, was presented with this year’s distinguished honor. This award is given annually to a Marylander who has contributed to reducing the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cancer through research focused on cancer control.
--The March of Dimes honored us for two significant milestones. The first for reducing the number of elective inductions and Cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy and the second in recognition of Prematurity Awareness Month our NICU’s management was recognized for their hard work and dedication in caring for babies, mothers and their families.
--We were also recognized and accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), an official accreditation body of the American College of Surgeons, and nationally recognized as the standard by which breast centers are judged, upon the review of approximately 15 different standards limited to breast centers and breast programs and covering similar categories to the CoC accreditation.
--We appointed the first female physician as division chief within the Department of Surgery-when Dr. Alyson Wells was named the new Chief of Plastic Surgery.
--We were honored to help the Hewitt family with the birth of children -- spontaneous identical triplets. This kind of birth was incredibly rare and newsworthy since they were conceived without any fertility treatments.
-- Becker’s Hospital Review magazine has listed the Greater Baltimore Medical Center among the nation’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” in its compilation of leading cancer care providers in the United States.
--A three-year, full accreditation with commendation designation recently was granted to our Sandra and Malcolm Berman Comprehensive Breast Care Center and its affiliated Advanced Radiology Breast Imaging Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This is GBMC’s third consecutive NAPBC designation since its first accreditation in 2009.
So I think you will agree that GBMC HealthCare made great progress towards our vision in 2015! We have many, many people to thank for this. Our doctors, our nurses, other clinicians, and all of our non-clinical employees have done a fabulous job. And lastly, we must thank our patients – you are the reason we do what we do. We are honored and grateful that you have chosen GBMC for your care.
I realize that these things only represent a small fraction of what the GBMC family did in 2015 to move us closer to our vision. All I can say is thank you! I look forward to all of our accomplishments to come in 2016. What other accomplishments would you like to highlight from 2015? Please share your thoughts below.
Best wishes to you and your loved one for a Happy & Healthy 2016!