Friday, June 28, 2019

Telling GBMC’s Story

One of the great things that I get to do as the President of GBMC HealthCare is to educate the community about our work and our vision. Last week, I addressed our malpractice reinsurance carriers along with our Vice President for Legal Services and General Counsel, Susan Martielli. Susan and I had a great story to tell about how we have made our care measurably safer through designing better systems and by holding ourselves accountable to standard work. The insurance executives were impressed by our reductions in hospital acquired infections, our work to make the medication delivery system more reliable through our use of barcode scanning, and the elimination of unreadable barcodes on medications. They were also impressed with our work to reduce non-emergent overrides in our drug dispensing cabinets.

Earlier this week, I met with two key members of the editorial staff at The Daily Record, Tom Baden, Editor, and Tim Curtis, Business Reporter. The Daily Record is a daily print publication that reports on commerce, business, and finance with a focus on Baltimore City and Baltimore County. During our meeting, we discussed national healthcare issues such as the current challenges facing our nation’s hospitals and the opioid addiction crisis as well as local issues like the behavioral health/mental health challenges in our state and our partnership with Helping Up Mission. In both instances, I was so proud to tell the GBMC story and to reflect on how far we have come as an organization in moving towards our vision.

Celebrating Life!

Earlier this month, I was delighted to be with 500 cancer survivors, their caregivers, friends, and family members as they celebrated life at our annual Cancer Survivorship Celebration.

This event provides an opportunity to recognize our patients’ courage and our caregivers' commitment to their treatment.

Every year, more than 2,500 individuals turn to the experts at The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC when faced with life-changing medical diagnoses. Our Berman Cancer Institute is not only locally recognized, but nationally as well, and is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

The number of people who attend this event continues to grow. Congratulations to our survivors, their families, and our caregivers!

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