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April 10, 2013

My View: Input wanted at Lahey Health forum

I am pleased to announce that Denis Conroy, chief executive officer of Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals, and I will be discussing recent updates and developments relative to Addison Gilbert Hospital (AGH) and its parent organization, Lahey Health, this Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester for the second of our biannual Community Forums.

For those of you who are unable to attend, I wanted to share with you the main discussion points for the forum.

We are almost one year into our affiliation and creation of Lahey Health. In the early stages of development, Lahey Health leaders immediately recognized the value and equity that exists within our community hospital.

Therefore, I am proud to share that our institution will remain known as Addison Gilbert Hospital. In the upcoming months, you will notice the visual identity of Lahey Health and AGH becoming more prominent in the communities we serve, including our new logo and facility signage.

Howard Grant, JD, MD, president and CEO of Lahey Health, and the senior leadership team have identified quality and patient satisfaction as the highest organizational priority. AGH has demonstrated best practices in patient safety and quality, of which the clinical staff and I are very proud. Consistently, Addison Gilbert Hospital ranks amongst the nation’s leaders in patient satisfaction, most recently receiving Press Ganey’s highest recognition as a Summit Award winner in the Senior Adult Unit (SAU) for the second consecutive year.

The health-care environment, both nationally and locally, is changing and is certainly becoming more challenging. This change is not sudden; it has been evolving over the past 20 years, and it is almost certain that the pace of change will continue to accelerate. The good news about the current healthcare environment in Massachusetts is that the quality of care is universally high. Locally, we have some of the best hospitals and health insurers in the nation. While the quality of care is exceptional, the cost to provide it is extremely high.

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