Maimonides Medical Center Letter to the Community
Greetings. To everyone celebrating holidays this week and next, I wish you a very happy Passover and Easter on behalf of all of us at Maimonides. As we look ahead to the spring and summer, here is an update on a number of things that are happening here.
2016 was a busy and exciting year for us here at the Medical Center. At a time when many hospitals are downsizing, we grew – opening 58 beds, growing our medical staff by 95 providers, and growing our workforce overall (now 6,400 strong) by 311 colleagues. We did it by building on our already strong clinical services, and by building relationships with more doctors, families, and patients across the borough who are choosing Maimonides.
Still, in a challenging healthcare environment where funding is declining and costs continue to rise, we have much work ahead to keep delivering high-quality services in a sustainable way. For 2017 we have prioritized our initiatives in five areas:
Strengthen clinical and academic programs. Building on a foundation as Brooklyn’s most clinically advanced hospital with exceptional outcomes in quality and safety, we are expanding key services and starting new programs that will be announced later this year.
Provide a consistently positive experience for patients and families. We’re working to improve the patient experience, starting with a number of initiatives to enhance the physical environment and begin planning for much-needed expansion and renovation projects.
Improve clinical and administrative processes. Building on last year’s progress, we continue to reduce Emergency Department wait times and are working to ensure that inpatient care is well-coordinated and delivered in a timely manner.
Develop an integrated delivery network. Maimonides operates in a leadership role as part of a borough-wide network of aligned physicians and community-based organizations. We are working to better connect all the pieces of the network so that patients experience care in a more seamless, less fragmented manner.
Strengthen our relationship with Northwell Health. Our clinical affiliation with Northwell was vital to many of our successes in 2016. This year we will be deepening our exchange of best practices and finding new ways to bring innovation and value to patients and physicians in Brooklyn.
We are well underway with this work, and have witnessed a number of exciting developments already this year:
The Maimonides Cancer Center, Brooklyn’s only full-service cancer center, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Maimonides was one of just two cancer programs in New York State to receive this honor in 2016. When we established the Cancer Center 12 years ago, it was with the conviction that Brooklynites could and should be able to get truly world-class cancer care without leaving the borough. We are proud to be delivering on that promise.
After an extended national search process, earlier last month we were thrilled to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Avner to Maimonides as the new Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Maimonides is home to the borough’s only accredited children’s hospital and only pediatric trauma center, and we are excited about the opportunity to expand our services for Brooklyn’s children under Dr. Avner’s leadership. Community feedback is particularly critical for our pediatrics program, and we hope you will have the chance to meet Dr. Avner in the coming months.
Last month we were pleased to welcome Brookdale Hospital as the newest acute care provider in Community Care of Brooklyn (CCB), the network through which Maimonides, along with five other hospitals and thousands of community-based providers, are coordinating and providing care for 600,000 Medicaid members in Brooklyn. As the borough’s largest such network, CCB is playing a leading role in the State’s DSRIP transformation program to make care more coordinated and efficient.
Finally, we continue to pay close attention to federal policy developments that may affect the Medical Center. The recent bill introduced in Congress to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act would have drastically cut funding for programs upon which Maimonides and its communities rely. Those cuts would have had a disproportionate impact on New York and especially on Brooklyn. The bill’s defeat was due in large part to the vigorous advocacy of citizens, healthcare workers, and a diverse array of organizations.
Thank you to everyone who has added your own voices in support of Brooklyn’s hospitals and the people who count on us to be there for them when they need care.
As we continue to plan for and respond to policy developments, we believe that the strategies we are pursuing will help us be successful in any scenario. And as we move forward, our message to the communities of Brooklyn remains the same:
Everyone is welcome here. This is your hospital.
As always, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any ideas, questions, or concerns.
Kenneth D. Gibbs
President and CEO