Massachusetts General Hospital Wins Prestigious Community Service Award
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a New England Council member, was recently awarded the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service by fellow NEC member the American Hospital Association (AHA). The prize is one of the most prestigious community service honors in health care.
The award recognized a number of MGH’s community service initiatives, especially those developed in response to the opioid epidemic. After assessing the top health care concerns in local communities, the hospital made transforming care for substance abuse patients its top clinical priority. In addition to establishing a specialized inpatient service for patients with substance use disorders, MGH opened an outpatient clinic for substance use patients after they leave the hospital, hired a team of recovery coaches, and increased substance abuse care at its four community health centers. AHA also recognized MGH’s programs to promote healthy living, expand STEM education, and improve access to health care for low-income families.
“Massachusetts General Hospital has spent the past 20 years building highly engaged partnerships with communities,” said John O’Brien, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee. “They are dedicated to addressing social and economic determinants of health, reducing barriers to care for vulnerable populations, and promoting health equity.”
“Massachusetts General Hospital is deeply honored to receive this esteemed Foster G. McGaw Prize from the American Hospital Association and the Baxter International Foundation in recognition of our work to partner with local communities to address social determinants of health and to fully integrate community health into the hospital’s patient care, teaching and research missions,” said Peter Slavin, MD, president of Massachusetts General Hospital.
The New England Council commends the dedication of MGH and AHA to improving health care for all New Englanders.