Chin Schlichte, Aronson honored
The BIDMC Board of Directors has presented the 10th annual Robert M. Melzer Leadership Awards to Helen Chin Schlichte and Mark Aronson, MD, for their contributions "leading constructive, lasting and all-embracing change" at the medical center.
The awards, named in recognition of former Board Chair and Interim CEO Robert Melzer, were announced at the recent BIDMC Annual Meeting.
Chin Schlichte, a member of the Board of Directors, is "a powerhouse of commitment to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center," said current Board Chair Stephen Kay in making the presentation.
"Helen has long been an integral part of the BIDMC community, serving with unrivaled intensity at the Board level for more than 30 of her incredible 50 years of involvement at the medical center. As one of the first Asian women to achieve prominence as a public administrator, Helen has applied her vast political, corporate, and community leadership experience to bring out the best in everything we do. Her approach to any task, be it compelling or challenging (or both!), is steeped in wisdom, enthusiasm, and conviction.
"And her tasks have been too numerous to count simply due to the length of her tenure and her genuine willingness to contribute anywhere she thinks she might be of help, from community benefits to governance to compensation. ... Helen has had a particular soft spot for promoting and advancing our community relationships and our community health centers, a penchant she attributes to her parents and her long-standing commitment to Boston's Chinese residents. Her noteworthy contributions in this area have been instrumental to our ongoing efforts to reach the underserved and reduce health disparities.
Aronson, who came to the Beth Israel Hospital in 1976, has "proved himself to be a master clinician, both in the ambulatory and inpatient settings, and an absolutely superb teacher, directing several crucial courses," said Mark Zeidel, MD, Chair of BIDMC's Department of Medicine.
Among his accomplishments are: helping to create the problem-oriented record in the Online Medical Record in the mid-1970s; setting up and directing the Brookline practice of Healthcare Associates, BIDMC's hospital-based primary care practice; and being the "father and godfather of our world renowned hospitalist program. Mark not only makes important changes, but he describes them in the literature, so that others around the world can follow in his path," Zeidel said.
Aronson serves as Vice Chair for Quality in the department, where "he has created the groups and meetings that identify areas for improvement and define how to make permanent positive change.
"He is the one who assures that we provide the kind of care to every patient, under every circumstance, that we would each want our family members to receive. In doing so he has saved many, many lives."