Winchester Hospital Holds Annual Meeting

01/04/13

Winchester Hospital Celebrates Accomplishments at 26th Annual Meeting

More than 200 Winchester Hospital board members, corporators, physicians, hospital administrators and other supporters turned out for the 26th annual meeting of Winchester Healthcare Management which was held recently at Café Escadrille in Burlington. Paul Andrews, chairman of the Winchester Hospital Board of Directors, along with Winchester Hospital 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 Winchester Hospital’s top achievements in 2012:

  • The hospital received top recognition from U.S. News and World Report for clinical excellence, Leapfrog for patient safety, the Boston Business Journal and Boston Globe for a top work environment and HealthGrades for outstanding patient satisfaction.
  • The emergency department successfully completed an initiative that reduced patient wait times and ensured patients see a doctor more quickly, resulting in a more streamlined process and significantly higher patient satisfaction scores.  
  • Winchester Hospital opened the Ambulatory Surgery Center. The new facility is located at 620 Washington St. in Winchester, which is also home to the Center for Cancer Care.
  • The Winchester Hospital Foundation achieved its $10 million capital campaign goal. The dollars raised in this campaign, the largest ever in the hospital’s history, helped complete the Center for Cancer Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center, as well as renovations to an inpatient unit at the hospital.
  • Hospital and physician collaboration led to the launch of advanced primary care at Winchester Primary Care Associates. The new model of care includes an on-site diabetes educator to oversee care of diabetic patients.
  • Employee wellness is a priority at Winchester Hospital and 2012 brought with it more options for staff. New healthy food options were introduced as well as fitness and stress reduction programs.
  • A new public web site was launched in 2012. The site features improved architecture that is cleaner and simpler, allowing for easier navigation and an improved user experience.
  • There were 88 new physicians, representing numerous medical specialties, who joined the medical staff at the hospital.

“The accolades are great, but what matters most is people,” said Kevin Smith, president and CEO of Winchester Hospital. “Nearly 400,000 patients turned to us for help. What they found here was quality care and a caring staff.”  

Smith also provided an update on the changing health care environment. Smith explained anticipated changes in the way hospitals and physicians will be paid as well as new expectations for caring for the health of the communities the hospital serves.

Smith said that we are shifting towards a global payment system, where health care providers are reimbursed based on how well they care for people – keeping them healthy and out of the hospital – and away from the current fee-for-service model of payment where health care providers are paid based on services provided.

Andrews then led a round of applause for Bob Willing and his fellow investment trustees, Paul Kaplan and David Donahue. Andrews also recognized former investment trustee, Dan Ahearn for his more than 30 years of service. As chairman of the investment trustees, Willing provided a report detailing financial and economic realities that continue to warrant close monitoring. Despite the volatility of the national and global financial markets, however, Winchester Hospital’s endowment remains strong.

In additional reports, Winchester Hospital Foundation chair Deb McDonough reported that more than $3 million was raised this year on behalf of the hospital’s patients. Maribeth Canning, vice president of the Winchester Hospital Foundation, announced the completion of the hospital’s Our Second Century Campaign, surpassing their goal of $10 million. Richard Toran, MD, president of the medical staff, cited ongoing efforts to enhance physician communication and collaboration.

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.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence. 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, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics 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.