Beth Israel, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital,
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Why is Beth Israel different?
For generations, Beth Israel care has been special, composed equally of medical science and bedside manner. The patient's needs have always come first. The result has been an intimate bonding of patient, doctor, nurses, and support staff. For thousands, Beth Israel is, simply, "Our hospital."
As health care has evolved, increasingly toward prevention, outpatient care, and technological sophistication, Beth Israel has remained steadfastly focused on the patient. Now, Boston's Beth Israel Hospital is taking the lead in articulating its view of well-being, going beyond the hospital to encompass patient care in all its facets, including the education of patient and family in the lifelong promotion of health, backed by biomedical research and the training of those responsible for guiding care.
Amidst the rapid changes of American health care, BI's approach promises a future of sensitive and capable response to patient needs. In fact, the BI model is what many, including those you will meet in this brochure, hope will be secured even more widely through health care reform. The Campaign for Beth Israel gives us each an opportunity now to help bring about a caring future we can call our own.
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Construction of The Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center
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The Future of Health Care
As the 1980s drew to a close, well before the most recent call for health care reform, Beth Israel trustees set in motion a long-range planning process called Project 2000. It provided a framework for Beth Israel to think ahead to the needs of the 21st century. Nearly 200 doctors, nurses, administrators, and employees participated, together with a group of trustees known as the Client Team.
As these teams envisioned the health care future, four factors dominated: the rapid advancement of medical research, dramatic changes in the methods of paying for health care, increasing emphasis on outpatient care, and the importance of strengthened ties to the neighborhoods and communities that make up Greater Boston.
Seen together, these factors urged a reassessment of the traditional role of the hospital and impelled Beth Israel to move toward a more comprehensive view of health and well-being as the proper domain of an institution that sees itself as both an academic medical center of national stature and a community hospital on which its neighbors can rely.
Today, Beth Israel's commitment is to go beyond hospitals and hospitalization into services centered on the prevention of illness and promotion of health, integrating scholarship and service in a multifaceted approach to good health over a lifetime. As a major health care resource affiliated with the Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel seeks to ensure superlative care for Boston, expand our understanding of the fundamentals of illness and health, prepare physicians and others in the health professions to meet the demands of the future, and create national models for efficient health care systems supportive of both patients and those who care for them.
An intense caring for the human spirit flows through Beth Israel.
It is a long tradition. The hospital's first mission statement, in 1916, declared that BI would serve "the sick and disabled of any race, creed, color or nationality." The hospital was the nation's first to issue a Statement of the Rights of Patients, a document that has served as the model for similar statements in many hospitals, hospital associations, and government agencies. For nearly 20 years Beth Israel has championed Primary Nursing-now an internationally recognized program of professional clinical nursing that keeps nurses at the patient's bedside and patients' needs at the center of health care delivery. In Boston and throughout the nation, Beth Israel is a model for care.
Today, outpatient care is the watchword. Patients want it, to speed recovery and return to their lives as rapidly as possible. Insurers demand it, to reduce costs. And medical advances are leading there as well. The average length of inpatient stay has been declining for six years. Already, Beth Israel performs more than 60 percent of its surgery on a same-day basis. By 1999 outpatient care will rise to 80 percent or even more of total hospital services.
Current facilitiesadded to intermittently since 1928 and designed primarily for inpatient caremake seamless delivery of outpatient care difficult. Beth Israel's clinics and doctors' offices are scattered across its campus. If tests or surgery are involved, a single visit may shuttle patients back and forth to different floors in different buildings. Meanwhile, families and friends wait, separated from their loved ones.
Meeting patient's needs for better outpatient care is Beth Israel's first priority for the 1990s.
The solution is a user friendly environment focused on the patient experience. The solution is Beth Israel's new Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center.
Consulting with patients, Beth Israel doctors, nurses, administrators, and architects have been able to design The Clinical Center from the ground up, bringing fresh thinking to the question of how best to deliver care.
Patient-centered design begins at the parking level-a convenient new underground garage beneath the building. Elevators will lead directly from the garage to the main reception level, an airy and welcoming atrium. The upper floors will have the ambiance of a private doctor's office. Laboratories and specialty services will be close by so that patient needs can be met quickly and efficiently. Shared clerical systems will reduce costs and streamline paperwork. A computerized appointment system will ensure prompt, often immediate referrals.
Still greater patient convenience comes from the clustering of outpatient specialties. Disciplines that work together or in similar patterns for patient care will sit close to each other in the new building. Orthopedics will be adjacent to rehabilitation. The Cardiovascular and Medical Specialties services will be next to surgical specialties. Such clustering will ease consultation, further collaboration, and foster more timely and effective clinical response.
At the same time, a special advantage of the new building is that young physicians-those who will care for our children and grandchildren-can be trained in state-of-the-art methods of outpatient health care delivery.
Caring for patients comes first. But it is not enough. Historically, advancements in clinical carethat is, the hands-on methods of caring for individual patientshave always been preceded by significant progress in research. Medical research is truly the key to uncovering further the knowledge of how the human body functions, combats illness, and heals.
A major affiliate of Harvard Medical School since 1928, Beth Israel is one of the nation's leading academic medical centers. In fact, it is among the top ten hospital recipients of competitively awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Areas of established expertise include virtually every clinical specialty and its underlying biomedical science. Recent senior staff appointments in orthopedics, neurology, surgery, obstetrics, anesthesiology, pathology, radiology, dermatology, psychiatry, neonatology, radiotheraphy, and medicine promise further discoveries to benefit patient care.
To create sufficient space for exploration of these new fields Beth Israel has purchased and renovated Research North at 99 Brookline Avenue and has negotiated in unison with other Harvard Medical School hospitals for additional nearby laboratory space in the former English High School on Avenue Louis Pasteur. Providing for research is essential to Beth Israel's commitment to both scholarship and service for the coming century.
Beth Israel is widely recognized as among the finest of hospitals, long in the vanguard of institutions shaping changes in health care. Beth Israel clinical expertise, biomedical technology, research, nursing programs, and management practices are universally acknowledged. PREPARE/21, a program of participative management involving all employees and staff, is the first ever in a U.S. hospital or not-for-profit organization. Meanwhile, the hospital's commitment to its employees has ranked it among the top ten most desirable workplaces in America. Beth Israel is an institution of which its community can be proud, for it represents the fruition of support that community has generously provided since the hospital's founding in 1916.
The Clinical Center continues this tradition. The underlying goal of this project is to reengineer health care delivery. By meeting the patient needs of an ever-changing world, Beth Israel will sustain its national leadership for a coming generation.
Continued investment in research, through current facilities, Research North, English High School, and future laboratory sites, is essential to advancing medical knowledge, improving the care of patients, offering solutions, and providing hope.
The two avenues merge in a new vision of the role of Beth Israel. Beth Israel's president, Dr. Mitchell T. Rabkin, has articulated it clearly: "Conceptually, we have moved from Beth Israel Hospital to Beth Israel Healthcare-our focus goes well beyond the hospital, toward lifelong well-being through patient care in all its facets, biomedical research, education, and the promotion of health."
The generosity of many created Beth Israel. The gifts of many are needed now.
Beth Israel traditionally has relied first and foremost on the Jewish community. Today, however, its support has broadened and is forged from all who may need Beth Israel care and who believe in Beth Israel's dynamic vision. Beth Israel looks outward to all of Greater Boston and beyond. With the help of the wide community serves and those who identify with its values and stand behind its mission, Beth Israel Hospital will be there always, providing its hallmark-warm, personalized patient-centered care of surpassing excellence.
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Written by R. Gordon Talley
R. Gordon Talley
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