Lighting the Way Toward Positive Change

This year, I have the honor of serving a one-year term as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, an organization that works to advance the collective goals of 71 hospitals across the state.

As I assume this role, healthcare in our state and country stand on the precipice of transition and change. In Massachusetts, hospitals and health systems are privileged to have access to some of the greatest healthcare talent in the country, if not the world, and with that privilege comes a responsibility to light the way forward.

Healthcare is moving away from a fee-for-service system that rewards “doing things to sick people” and towards a renewed focus on creating health. Over the next year, I hope to drive consensus on issues that will move this transition forward and bring down the overall cost of care.

To achieve this, we will be asked to think differently about not only the total cost of high quality care but also about how we can fund investments that prevent illness in the first place. It’s very important work.

At Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health, we are taking bold steps to improve the overall health of our communities by improving access to care and proactively addressing the non-clinical factors that lead to high utilization of hospital services.

I am proud to lead a hospital and health system that is prepared to carry the torch. In this edition of For Your Health, I hope you discover a new path to improve your own health and learn more about what Complete connected care can mean for you and your family.