In baseball, the grand slam – a bases-loaded home run – marks the epitome of hitting success. In golf and tennis, a grand slam requires an athlete to win all four of the major tournaments in a single year. All of these grand slams in sports are rare and extremely exciting when they happen.
It occurred to me recently that the MGH this year has achieved its own kind of grand slam – we were recognized for being the top hospital in the country across all four areas of our mission: patient care, research, teaching and community health. This year’s distinctive alignment of top honors serves to remind us of how intertwined and interdependent our missions are. To continue being a truly great hospital, we must make sure that every day we deliver exceptional care to patients and families, inspire and train the next generation of caregivers, advance medical science, and improve the health and well-being of the community.
Here’s the MGH’s grand slam lineup:
• For patient care: I think most everyone at the MGH is aware that our hospital is ranked the #1 hospital in the country on the US News & World Report 2015-2016 Best Hospitals list. Mass General was the only hospital in the nation to be among the top hospitals in all 16 specialties that US News evaluates.
These major accomplishments – our grand slam – are made possible by every member of the remarkable MGH staff working together to make this institution an extraordinary place
• For research: The MGH for many years has been the top hospital recipient of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. This year we added a new recognition that reflects research excellence. We recently learned that the MGH topped the Nature Index list of healthcare organizations for the number of articles published in high-impact journals. According to the database compiled by the prestigious scientific journal Nature, MGH researchers published 457 articles in 47 of the 68 journals tracked by Nature from February 2015 through January 2016 – more than any other hospital in the nation.
• For education: We have long offered physician training opportunities that are among the most coveted and competitive in the country. But this past January, Doximity, the largest online network for physicians, announced the institutions most recognized by physicians for the quality of residency programs across multiple specialties. The MGH was acknowledged as having the #1 residency program in the nation.
• For community health: The MGH received the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, considered the most prestigious recognition a healthcare organization can receive for leadership in community health. Sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation, American Hospital Association (AHA), and Health Research & Educational Trust, the Foster McGaw Prize was presented to the MGH for its leadership in addressing social and economic determinants of health, reducing barriers to care for vulnerable populations and promoting health equity. I was proud to accept the prize earlier this month at the AHA’s annual meeting. I invite you to view the Foster G. McGaw video, which highlights some of the work that goes on at the MGH and in the communities we serve.
These major accomplishments – our grand slam – are made possible by every member of the remarkable MGH staff working together to make this institution an extraordinary place to receive care, deliver care, push the boundaries of medicine, learn, and make a difference in the lives of individuals locally and globally. The MGH is truly a place like no other.