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BIDMC to Receive AIM Gould Award

Recognition for education and workforce development

BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been selected to receive the 13th Annual John Gould Education & Workforce Development Award from Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) at the Association's 95th Annual Meeting & Luncheon on May 14 at the Waltham Westin Hotel.

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.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is renowned for excellence in patient care, biomedical research, teaching and community service. Located in Boston's Longwood Medical and Academic Area, it hosts nearly three quarters of a million patient visits annually and has a staff of 9,000.

Commenting on this year's Gould Award recipient, Richard Lord, AIM's president & CEO said, "AIM is delighted to have an opportunity to highlight the significant work carried out by BIDMC for not only working collaboratively with the Massachusetts and Greater Boston workforce systems in sharing best practices to better align local resources to connect jobseekers and employers, but for the comprehensive and strategic nature of their several pipeline programs designed to attract, train, enhance and to retain a talented technical and professional workforce."

In addition Lord said, "The variety and number of training and professional development programs that BIDMC offers range from classes designed to advance the careers of medical technicians and professionals, to offering class on for non-native English speakers, to providing career and academic counseling, and is an excellent effort to help area residents and current employees gain new skills and to connect the medical center to the community.

Past recipients of the Gould Award include John Rennie, founder of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education; Middlesex Community College; NYPRO Inc; William Edgerly, Chairman Emeritus, State Street Corporation; Northeastern University; The Davis Family Foundation; Intel Massachusetts; EMC Corporation; IBM Corporation; David Driscoll, former Commissioner of the State Department of Education, and Raytheon Corporation's MathMovesU program, and State Street Corporation and Year Up Boston.