Cambridge, MA…Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) honored international health policy expert Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, at its Art of Healing Award Dinner on May 30th at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.
The award, presented during CHA’s annual fundraising event, celebrates visionary men and women who transcend boundaries, joyfully embrace humanity, and profoundly inspire the healing of body and spirit. Sacha Pfeiffer, host of NPR affiliate WBUR’s All Things Considered (pictured with CHA CEO Patrick Wardell (left) and Dr. Berwick), emceed the program, which raised nearly $400,000 to support CHA and its critical community health mission.
Dr. Berwick is the former President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization that he co-founded and led for over 20 years. His work at IHI focused on motivating and building the will for change, identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals, and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations at hospitals across the country. In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a position he held until December 2011.
A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served on the staffs of Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is widely recognized as an inspirational teacher and mentor and has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Berwick is internationally known for his commitment to patient-centered care and improving patient safety, tenets at the core of CHA’s mission. CHA, which has a long history of working on innovative projects with IHI and Dr. Berwick, was one of just seven organizations nationwide to be selected for the IHI-administered Pursuing Perfection grant program in 2001. Dr. Berwick’s coaching and commitment helped CHA develop models to make care safer and more effective, ultimately laying the groundwork for the Patient-Centered Medical Home transformation that is now underway at the health system. CHA’s ability to integrate its healthcare delivery system, academic programs, and public health functions to improve the health of individual patients and entire populations has made it one of the premier safety net institutions in the country.
“Dr. Berwick’s passion for patient-centered care and quality improvement inspires our work,” said Patrick Wardell, CHA’s Chief Executive Officer. “His influence is deeply felt as we strive to treat each patient as an individual person, not as a disease or series of conditions, and we are honored to celebrate his tireless efforts to transform the delivery of health care nationwide.”
Cambridge Health Alliance is an integrated, award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. Visit us online at www.challiance.org.