Winchester Hospital Celebrates Accomplishments of Past Year
More than 200 Winchester Hospital board members, corporators, physicians and hospital leaders turned out for the 27th annual meeting of Winchester Healthcare Management which was held Tuesday, December 10 at Café Escadrille in Burlington. Paul Andrews, chairman of the Board of Directors, along with President and CEO Kevin Smith, reviewed hospital accomplishments and highlights from the past year.
In their joint report, Andrews and Smith called special attention to some of the hospital’s top achievements in 2013, highlighting the many ways the organization enhanced the services provided to its 360,000 area residents and made their experience at Winchester Hospital better.
A major initiative of 2013 was to identify an affiliation partner to meet the challenges associated with new health care reform state and federal legislation. An Affiliation Steering Committee, made up of 42 hospital, board and physician leaders, was formed over a year ago and after an extensive process recommended Lahey Health. This past September, the Boards of Directors from both Lahey and Winchester voted unanimously in favor of an affiliation and signed an Affiliation Agreement.
“Winchester Hospital and Lahey Health both have a strong commitment to providing the highest quality health care right here in our communities,” said Smith. “The vision is to build a health care system focused on managing all aspects of health, from wellness in the community to the most complex tertiary hospital care, and providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time. With Lahey Health, we can do that.”
Joseph Corkery, MD, Chief Institutional Advancement Officer at Lahey Health, expressed his strong support for the affiliation. “Together, we can provide exceptional care to our patients,” said Corkery. “Through an advanced electronic medical record system the coordination and integration of medical care throughout the entire system will be greatly improved.” This system is planned for implementation at Winchester Hospital and all Lahey Health organizations.
In addition to the affiliation, Smith and Andrews noted some of the other major accomplishments from the past year:
- Winchester Hospital became the first hospital in Massachusetts to three times earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence.
- The new outpatient facility at 200 Unicorn Park Drive in Woburn opened this past spring, providing optimal care to the community. The center is home to the Breast Care Center, imaging services, The Center for Healthy Living, a patient specimen collection site and patient registration.
- The hospital’s labs, located at the main campus in Winchester and in West Cummings Park in Woburn, were renovated. The updates allowed the labs to incorporate cutting-edge technology, designed for safer and more efficient processes.
- In order to meet growing demand, Winchester Hospital renovated its Walk-In Urgent Care Center at the Family Medical Center in Wilmington. To increase capacity and help decrease wait times, the waiting room was increased, two additional exam rooms were built and a second triage room was added.
“The accomplishments of this past year truly capture the spirit and mission of this great organization—To Care. To Heal. To Excel. In Service to Our Community,” Andrews said.
Andrews then led a round of applause for the investment trustees. Providing the Investment Trustee Report, Dave Donahue recognized the outstanding performance of the hospital’s investments while expressing caution relative to significant financial challenges affecting the country.
In additional reports, the President of the Winchester Hospital Medical and Allied Healthcare Professional Staff Richard Toran, MD praised the strong partnership between the hospital and medical staff. Toran highlighted several collaborative projects and in particular the work to identify an affiliation partner. “Of the forty-two members of the Affiliation Steering Committee, 30 were physicians. Their participation in the process was invaluable and because of it, we are where are today,” said Toran.
Maribeth Canning, vice president of the Winchester Hospital Foundation reported that more than $3 million was raised this year on behalf of the hospital’s patients. Canning announced that they had some of the highest donor participation rates ever from employees, physicians and community members.
Andrews closed the evening by thanking those gathered for their unwavering support. “Congratulations to the entire Winchester Hospital team,” he said. “It truly has been a very successful year.”
To view a copy of Winchester Hospital’s annual report, please visitwww.winchesterhospital.org/annualreport.
About Winchester Hospital
Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.