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Cori Loescher RN Faulkner 21 Program

With the recent publication of our annual report, we took an opportunity to look back over the past year at advances and achievements throughout the Partners HealthCare system. Through strong partnerships and system-wide efforts, we’ve continued to improve the quality of health care – and equally important, make it more affordable. Here are a few of the stories shared by hospitals around our network.

Increasing Access to Affordable Patient Care

A unique collaboration between two Partners hospitals, MassGeneral Hospital for Children at Newton-Wellesley Hospital made lower-cost pediatric care accessible to more than 9,000 pediatric patients in 2014.

And a close relationship between Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) is the foundation for the Faulkner21 patient transfer program. Faulkner21 has a goal of transferring 21 patients per week from the BWH Emergency Department to a General Medicine bed at the Faulkner – allowing patients to receive high-quality care in a lower-cost setting.

Patient at MGHfC at Newton-Wellesley

Expanding Much-Needed Health Services

We’re also providing much-needed care in areas that are underserved. McLean Hospital developed its LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) program in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services and the National Guard to provide specialized mental health treatment to first responders.

In 2014 Partners HealthCare at Home launched a new LGBT Home Health Initiative to treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals over age 60. These populations are twice as likely as heterosexual peers in their age group to be single, and up to four times as likely not to have children, yet concerns about discrimination often deter them from seeking much-needed care-giving services.

LEADER treatment staff at McLean

Breaking New Ground in Research

In research, teams at Massachusetts General Hospital and BWH have been making great strides fighting neurologic diseases, and the launch of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases last fall will pave the way for future advances in treatment, prevention and cures. A new partnership between BWH and MGH to research undiagnosed diseases will eventually inform patient care throughout the Partners system with new approaches to using technology and genomics for diagnosis.

Judith Crawford Certified Nursing Assistant

Bringing New Opportunities to Students and Communities

Last year, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network launched a partnership with Charlestown High School and the Riverview School in East Sandwich to help young people with disabilities develop the professional skills needed for lifelong independence. Project SEARCH gives students coaching and feedback as they contribute to various departments at Spaulding, which also adapts the work environment to accommodate their learning needs.

In Salem, a new partnership between Spaulding Hospital North Shore, North Shore Medical Center led to the Career Gateways Program, which provides hands-on training for professional certifications. The program prepares residents in the city’s Point neighborhood – which faces high unemployment rates – for careers as nursing assistants, phlebotomists or electrocardiogram techs.

Read the full annual report on our website.