Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton held the inaugural meeting of its newly-formed Board of Overseers at Quincy Marriott on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.
“This is an ideal time to become more involved in this organization,” said Board of Directors Chairman Michael Brady of Milton. “The hospital is very well positioned for a bright future.”
Comprised of local leaders in the business, philanthropic, healthcare and scientific communities, the Board of Overseers will serve in an advisory role to the hospital’s Board of Directors and hospital leadership. During the meeting, Board of Directors member Donald Greene of Milton discussed the many ways the group can help advance the hospital’s goals. Members were encouraged to participate in selected hospital committees, serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community, provide community feedback, and identify potential new members.
Interim CEO Doris A. Sinkevich offered an overview of the hospital’s recently-completed first year in its corporate affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
“BID-Milton is the epitome of a hospital that optimizes its achievements in both quality and cost,” Sinkevich said. “This year’s progress is due in many ways to the insight, courage and direction of our Board of Directors, and the extraordinary commitment of our staff.”
The hospital closed its 2012 fiscal year with a $1.76 million profit from operations, representing a turnaround from 2011 of approximately $5 million. Statewide reports identified BID-Milton as the fastest growing hospital in the state in terms of inpatient volume.
“We’ve experienced unprecedented levels of growth across many services, including inpatient, emergency, surgery, endoscopy, testing, imaging and other outpatient services,” Sinkevich said.
The hospital also earned high marks in quality and safety, including a recent “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national agency measuring hospital safety, and was ranked sixth in Massachusetts in specific quality and safety measures by a major consumer research magazine. In addition, the hospital’s readmission rate, measuring the frequency with which patients must be readmitted to the hospital for further treatment, ranks among the best in the state at 9 percent. The average readmission rate among Massachusetts hospitals participating in the State Action on Avoidable Re-Hospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative is 13 percent.
The Board of Overseers currently includes over 70 community members from Milton, Randolph, Quincy, Braintree, Canton, and other local communities. For information about becoming a member, contact the BID-Milton Administration Office at 617-313-1351.
-Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton