Going Above and Beyond
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has acknowledged the good works of two people and team who truly have been instrumental in "leading constructive, lasting and all-embracing change."
The Robert M. Melzer Leadership Awards are among the highest internal honors BIDMC can bestow upon members of our community. They are named for a former chairman of the board who set the standard. We will expand on these awards in the days ahead but wanted to offer some much-deserved recognition right now.
We recognized a team effort on the part of critical care executive committee, whose goals was to standardize routine care in the intensive care units; create a state-of-the-art computerized record; reduce inappropriate blood transfusions; eliminate infections related to ICU catheters; and reduce the development of pneumonia in patients on ventilators.
To date, their efforts have likely prevented 320 cases of pneumonia, have saved 96 lives and have avoided approximately $12.8 million dollars in associated expenses for BIDMC.
We also recognized the work of Adela Margules, executive director of the Bowdoin Street Health Center.Under her direction over the past 27 years, Bowdoin Street Health Center has developed as one of the most innovative and exceptional health centers in Boston and in Massachusetts, serving as more than just a health center, but as an economic engine for the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood.
Also honored was Edward Ladd, chair of BIDMC's Board of Trustees. With his involvement in the medical center spanning almost 15 years, Ted has sat on virtually every committee the medical center has had to offer. From the day-to-day activities on the patient floors to the overarching issues of governance and health care policy, there's no facet of BIDMC that hasn't sparked his interest or benefited from his advice.
We'll offer more on these people and thir accomplishments in the days and weeks ahead. But we thought you would like to know.