Awards and Honors
American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize
BIDMC has been awarded the 2013 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. This prestigious prize recognizes leadership and innovation in quality and safety among the nation’s hospitals. BIDMC was selected by a committee of health care experts based on our culture of quality and efforts to achieve safety. The Award honors hospitals with quality and safety models that can be replicated by other hospitals. BIDMC is proud to be a model for reliable, high-quality patient care. This is not the first time BIDMC has been recognized by AHA-McKesson. In July 2009, in recognition of BIDMC’s commitment to transparency and progress toward eliminating preventable harm, we were honored as the Finalist.
The Leapfrog Group
"Hospital Safety Score"
BIDMC has earned an "A" for safety in the first Hospital Safety Score ratings published by the Leapfrog Group, a set of 26 standards used to evaluate process and outcomes in the nation's hospitals. The ranking comes on top of BIDMC's December 2012 designation as one the nation's 65 top hospitals by the Leapfrog Group, the 6th time in seven years it was honored based on results of a survey focusing on patient safety and quality.
American Heart Association
"Silver Achievement Award"
BIDMC has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) as a Silver Achievement Award Hospital for achieving at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Achievement indictations to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
The AHA aims to build healthier lives that are free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke through education, research, advocacy and quality improvement.
"Number 1 Technology Innovator"
InformationWeek 500 has named BIDMC the number one technology innovator in the U.S. in 2012. Now in its 24th year, the InformationWeek 500 recognizes business technology teams that have made a notable improvement to how their companies operate. Applications are evaluated by a panel of InformationWeek editors. The survey data is aggregated across all InformationWeek 500 companies and by industry.
National Award to Recognize Progress in Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) named BIDMC among the first-ever awardees in the National Awards Program to Recognize Progress in Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections. The awards focus on central line infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia, two of the deadliest and most expensive hospital-acquired infections. Preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAI) represents a major national priority for the government and health care reform. HHS selected only 10 hospitals nationwide that demonstrated major progress in reducing both central line infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia. BIDMC is the only hospital in New England to be selected for prevention of both ventilator-associated pneumonia and central line infections.
US News & World Report
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation's top hospitals in the US News & World Report "Best Hospitals" edition, placing among the leaders in eight clinical specialty categories. According to the magazine, BIDMC is among an elite group of 140 hospitals nationally - only 3 percent of the nation's 4,825 hospitals - to rank in at least one of 16 specialties.
BIDMC ranked among the nation's top hospitals in cancer care; the care and treatment of diabetes and endocrinology (in partnership with the Joslin Clinic); digestive disorders; respiratory care; heart and heart surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; the care and treatment of kidney diseases; and geriatrics. It was also cited as a "high performer" in gynecology; urology; orthopedics; psychiatry; and ears, nose and throat care. Read More.
In addition, BIDMC was also recently ranked third in Boston in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals. The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. BIDMC was listed as nationally ranked among seven specialties and high-performing in six specialties.
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was recognized in 2012 as one of the nation's top hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, the sixth time in seven years BIDMC has been honored. The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Group's national survey that measures hospitals' performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. As a 2012 Top Hospital, BIDMC met standards for safe, high quality care in preventing medication errors; intensive care unit physician staffing; high-risk surgeries and procedures; and a value score of 69 or better as calculated through Leapfrog's Hospital Recognition Program, which combines quality and resource use. BIDMC tallied a score of 88, placing it in the top 10 percent of 1,066 ranked hospitals across 43 states nationally.
The Leapfrog Group is a coaliton of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability.
Federal Technology Certification
BIDMC was the first hospital nationally to meet new federal electronic health record requirements with its own software, winning federal certification that its technology supports all quality, safety and efficiency goals spelled out in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (ARRA). One of five hospitals to take part in a pilot program for the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, BIDMC's designation means it meets rigorous federal criteria that assessed the ability to protect patient privacy, exchange patient information for care coordination and public health and support clinicians with the tools needed to serve patients.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Medal of Honor for Organ Donation
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
For the sixth year in a row, Beth Israel Deaconess has received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for 2010. BIDMC is the only hospital in Massachusetts to have achieved this honor six years in a row. Hospitals and organ procurement organizations earn this designation for consistently achieving adjusted donation rates of 75 percent or higher in a single continuous 12-month period. Donation rates refer to the number of patients who are medically suitable to be considered for donation, who actually become donors. For the past five years, BIDMC has met or exceeded this 75 percent rate.
Top 100 Hospitals
2009, 2010, 2012
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the United States based on overall organizational performance according to the annual study released in March 2010 by the health care business of Truven Health (formerly Thomson Reuters). BIDMC was one of 15 major teaching hospitals named nationwide. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals National Benchmarks study is based on the 100 Top Hospitals National Balanced Scorecard that evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality; and re-admission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia. Read more >>
In 2010, BIDMC was awarded accreditation from the Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health care Organizations) under the Commission's unannounced, on-site evaluation program. The accreditation award recognizes BIDMC's dedication to complying with the Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs
Full Accreditation Award
The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has awarded full accreditation to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Made to organizations that conduct human research, the three-year accreditation signifies that BIDMC is committed to providing clinical research participants with safeguards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements. Learn more.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
First Annual National Award to Recognize Progress in Eliminating Healthcare Associated Infections
Sustained Improvement Award
BIDMC was recognized as only one of 10 hospitals in the United States which has made the most dramatic improvement in reducing both central line infections and ventilator associated pneumonia. BIDMC was the only hospital in Massachusetts, and the only academic hospital to be recognized with this award.
Partner for Change with Distinction Award
BIDMC has been awarded a 2010 Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award. The award, given at the CleanMed conference in Baltimore, honors facilities that have made significant and sustainable progress toward reducing waste, preventing pollution and eliminating mercury.
Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit
Workforce Solutions Group Champion
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has been honored as a Workforce Solutions Group Champion at the 2010 Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit, which convened 300 business, education and labor leaders from around the state. BIDMC was nominated for the award by the Boston Private Industry Council and the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Services. BIDMC currently offers 13 different workforce development programs for its employees, including English classes for non-native speakers, GED preparation, free on-site pre-college classes and college-level science courses, and pipeline programs training employees into patient care technician, medical laboratory technician, research administrator and nurse roles. Read more >>
Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine
Most Wired Hospital
BIDMC has been recognized as one of the nation's most wired hospitals according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association. The survey is based on organizations' level of achievement in four focus areas: Business and Administrative Management, Clinical Quality and Safety, Care Continuum and Infrastructure. All hospital-based clinicians at BIDMC already use electronic health records. By 2011, all community clinicians affiliated with BIDMC will be using a centrally hosted, interoperable, certified electronic health record. BIDMC's early adoption of health care information exchange and personal health records ensures data can be shared with patient consent for coordination of care, quality measurement and population health. Read more >>
Three-Star Rating, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has given cardiac surgery services at BIDMC a three-star rating for 2010. The STS uses a comprehensive rating system to report the quality of cardiac surgery programs in hospitals across the country. The rating system is based on major morbidity, mortality and appropriate use of internal mammary artery (IMA) and evidence-based medication. Approximately 13.5 percent of STS participants received the three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. Cardiac surgery at BIDMC has received the three-star rating for the past five years.
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Family-Centered Care Award
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), with 14,000 clinician members in 80 countries, has named BIDMC the winner of the 2010 Family-Centered Care Award. The annual award is given to one hospital or ICU from around the world to "recognize innovation that improves the care provided to critically ill and injured patients and their families."
The award recognizes the efforts of the staff of BIDMC's nine ICUs to develop "person-centered critical care." Their work includes the creation of an ICU Patient and Family Advisory Council, waiting room improvements, elimination of formal visiting hours to allow more access for families, simulated family meetings to help train medical residents, family pagers in the surgical ICU, transition-out-of-the-ICU work in the CardioVascular Institute at BIDMC, pro-active rounding of chaplains and more. Read more >>
Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM)
Gould Education and Workforce Award
BIDMC is the recipient of the 13th Annual John Gould Education & Workforce Development Award from Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). AIM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan employer association of 6,000 Bay State businesses and institutions chartered to maintain and improve the Commonwealth's economic climate in order to make Massachusetts a good place to live and work.
The Gould Award was created by AIM to annually recognize the contributions of individuals, employers, and institutions for their efforts to improve public education and advancement, employability and productivity of the residents of the Commonwealth. In 2000, the award was named for John Gould, upon his retirement as President and CEO of AIM, to recognize his many contributions to improve the quality of public education and workforce training activities in Massachusetts. Read more >>
Premier Health Care Alliance
Premier Award for Quality
2008, 2009, 2010
For the third consecutive year, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been recognized by the Premier Healthcare Alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality (AFQ), one of 21 hospital winners and three health care systems nationwide ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation for patient care. The award recognizes leading health care organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence. The AFQ's performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, resource utilization, and clinical process indicators measures top performers at the overall hospital level. Read more >>
Harvard Pilgrim Hospital
BIDMC has landed on the 2009 Harvard Pilgrim Hospital Honor Roll. The Hospital Honor Roll names those hospitals whose performance was among the top 25 percent of those measured nationally on a set of composite quality metrics. The quality metrics are based on Hospital Quality Alliance measures, as reported by CMS on Hospital Compare, and Leapfrog patient safety measures. Read more >>
Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals
2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was named one of the Top100 U.S. Hospitals that set the nation's benchmarks for inpatient cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. BIDMC and its CardioVascular Institute earned a spot in the category for its peer group -- teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs. Results show the top 100 hospitals not only provided exceptional inpatient care, but also had significantly better post-discharge outcomes, including lower readmission rates for heart failure and heart attack patients as well as lower 30-day mortality rates for heart attack patients. This means that patients treated in hospitals with balanced high performance in cardiovascular care are more likely to have better results 30 days after discharge. Read more >>
American Hospital Association-McKesson
Quest for Quality Prize Finalist
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was named the 2009 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® finalist, one of three hospitals nationally to be recognized for leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment to patient care. BIDMC was cited for its goal of eliminating all preventable harm for patients by 2012 and for emphasizing leadership and transparency to help the hospital move toward that important goal. The award noted BIDMC's strong values of reliability, safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness and equity are reinforced throughout the organization. The award winners were selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of health care quality and patient safety experts based on its culture of quality and efforts to achieve the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims for health care. Read more >>
Stand Up To Cancer
A Cancer "Dream Team"
Lew Cantley, PhD, Director of BIDMC's Cancer Center and Chief of Signal Transduction, was named in May of 2009 to lead one of five scientific "Dream Teams" funded by Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a high-profile national initiative created last in 2008 with the goal of getting new cancer treatments to patients in an accelerated time frame. Dr. Cantley's team received $15 million.
With co-leaders from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Cantley has assembled a prestigious of 25 world-renowned scientists and clinicians that additionally includes investigators from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vall d'Hebron Oncology Research Institute, and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Care Center. Together, they will study the role of the PI3K cancer pathway in women's cancers, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. Read more >>
Jewish Vocational Services
Business Leadership Award
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was honored by Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) with the 2009 Business Leadership Award. The award recognizes the medical center's considerable investment in its employees through initiatives such as BIDMC's five pipeline programs, which train employees for new jobs in health care, and the Employee Career Initiative, a service providing one-on-one career and academic counseling and free on-site pre-college and college-level science courses. Read more >>
American Heart Association
Gold Start! Fit-Friendly Company
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was one of nine Boston-area businesses recognized by the American Heart Association's "Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program" for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. A first time designee, BIDMC was awarded the Gold award. Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program participants implement various options to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food options in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools. Read more >>
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Distinction Center in Bariatric Surgery®
Blue Distinction Center in Spine Surgery ®
Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care ®
Blue Distinction Center for Complex and
Rare Cancers ®
Blue Distinction Center for Stem Cell and/or Allogeneiac Transplants ®
BIDMC topped the list among Massachusetts hospitals in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' (BCBSMA) Blue Distinction® designation of hospitals making a difference in health care outcomes and value.
BIDMC won the designation for its efforts in Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers, and Bone Marrow, Stem Cell and/or Allogeneiac Transplants. The medical center was among 16 Massachusetts hospitals designated by the state's largest health insurer in a process that involved collaborating with employer groups, providers and specialty medical societies.
Boston Business Journal
Champion in Health Care
The Boston Business Journal named Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center a 2008 Champion in Health Care Honoree in the employer category. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care nominated the hospital based on BIDMC's " flexible working environment that respects the different cultural and personal preferences of its 9,000 diverse employees and strives to meet their needs." The nomination form highlighted the medical center's commitment to employees' physical, mental and educational wellbeing through initiatives offered at the Tanger Be Well Center as well as Workforce Development's Pipeline Programs.
Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital
National Benchmarks for Success
BIDMC is one of only 15 major teaching hospitals in the country, and the only in Massachusetts, honored. The award winners have higher survival rates, keep more patients complication-free and attract more patients - all while maintaining financial stability.
Joint Commission and National Quality Forum
John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award
BIDMC is being recognized for dramatically improving overall patient safety and quality of obstetric care. BIDMC staff members were able to accomplish this by using Crew Resource Management (CRM) principles in their daily work. The success of this work has been broadly recognized and has influenced similar initiatives. Learn more.
Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
BIDMC's stem cell transplant program was the second program in Boston to be accredited by FACT . Founded in 1996, FACT is a non-profit organization co-founded by the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) that promotes high-quality patient care and laboratory performance through voluntary inspection and accreditation in the field of cellular therapy. Accreditation by FACT is now recognized as the gold standard for approval of transplant programs in North America.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
Health Care Excellence Award (1st recipient): Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The award was created to recognize exceptional achievement in improving the safety and effectiveness of health care in Massachusetts. More than 40 health care organizations throughout Massachusetts, including teaching and community hospitals, health centers and state agencies, completed nomination papers for the award.
Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals
Performance Improvement Leaders
One of only 15 major teaching hospitals in the country honored. The study revealed that 100 hospitals from all across the nation - the 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders - have shown a clear ability to improve, raising clinical outcomes and efficiency and growing financial strength.
Commission on Cancer
Accreditation with Commendation
Outstanding Achievement Award
BIDMC's Cancer Center was the first center in Massachusetts, and one of only 34 in the country, to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer, a consortium of professional organizations that includes the American Cancer Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Radiology, the Oncology Nursing Society and members of the American College of Surgeons.