YOUR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
An update from President Peter Holden
This year, your community hospital enters its third year as part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) family of hospitals. Although part of the second largest health system in Massachusetts, BID-Plymouth remains a community hospital focused on the health and well-being of the community.
During the last two years, we’ve greatly enhanced our existing services and added new services to best meet the community’s needs (See Two Year Anniversary story). From additional primary care physicians to a new Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Lab to new specialists from BIDMC, we’ve listened to the needs of the community. As a result, our inpatient and outpatient volumes have increased dramatically, we’re on solid financial ground, and we recently received an “A” rating for patient safety and quality from the Leapfrog Group —a national hospital safety watchdog organization.
In short, the public is voting with their feet to receive care at BID-Plymouth and we are now the fastest-growing community hospital in Massachusetts. Not only are we providing great care to more people, we are also actively working on two major community health projects: controlling the opioid epidemic in the region and the health and well-being of schoolchildren. To that end, our Integrated Healthcare and Substance Use Collaborative continues to make great strides in helping patients get the behavioral health and substance use care they, and their families, need in order to live healthier, more productive lives in the community. WBZ-TV I-Team has taken note of our program and community collaboration and recently aired a two-part series about the opioid epidemic and our response to reversing the growing tide of opioid use.
We are also working with the Plymouth Public Schools, Harvard Medical School, and Reebok’s BOKS (Build Our Kids Success) program. The BOKS program provides an established and on-going before school program for the 2015-2016 academic school year. A typical BOKS class takes place for an hour before the school day begins. Schoolchildren begin with free play and a warm-up activity. Then, they participate in a running-related activity and learn an exercise skill. Lastly, BOKS focuses on teamwork rather than competing against one another, so there’s always an end-of-class game promoting this and they discuss a nutrition tip.
From how we are addressing the opioid epidemic to partnering with the Plymouth Public Schools with BOKS, BID-Plymouth is truly living up to the mission of our community hospital: to improve the health and well-being of our patients and community by providing a full continuum of healthcare services with excellence and compassion.
The hospital and you are part of our mission. A healthy community is a successful community.
On behalf of all the employees, volunteers, nurses, and physicians at BID-Plymouth, thank you for your support and trust of your community hospital.