BIDMC wins leadership award
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been honored by the Boston Center for Community and Justice (BCCJ) with the 2010 Business Leadership Award at its Opening Boston Awards held at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
BIDMC was recognized for its commitment to personalized, excellent care for its patients; a workforce committed to individual accountability, mutual respect and collaboration; and a commitment to maintaining the institution's financial health.
"This is an award that goes to the entire institution," said Lisa Zankman, Senior Vice President of Human Resources. "It shows what people are willing to do for the greater good."
The recognition stems from BIDMC's handling of a financial crisis through an open management style. Employees participated in decision making that lead to wage and benefit freezes, allowing the hospital to retain several hundred employees otherwise slated for layoffs. One year later, with renewed financial stability, many of the benefits have already been restored.
As noted in the BCCJ awards program, "This situation highlighted that BIDMC's strong values of reliability, safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness and equity are reinforced throughout the organization."
The BCCJ awards are given annually to honor individuals and businesses exemplifying socially responsible leadership that advances social justice throughout Greater Boston.