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MGH Adds "Community Health" to Its Mission Statement

MGH Adds "Community Health" to Its Mission Statement

May 25, 2008

Here's a good news story from Mass. General Hospital worthy of note:

MGH is sponsoring an event on Tuesday, June 3rd from 12 to 1:30 under the Bulfinch Tent at its downtown campus to celebrate a change in its mission which now includes “…improving the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.” Dr. David Satcher, the former US Surgeon General who invented the term "racial and ethnic health disparities," will give the keynote. MGH will also announce the renaming of their Community Benefit Program as the "MGH Center for Community Health Improvement" to signify its broader, new role.

The Center has partnerships with 35 local leaders, churches, residents, schools, police and others to improve community health. To implement the new mission, MGH President Dr. Peter Slavin will hold the chiefs of 19 clinical departments accountable for partnering with CCHI to develop community-oriented initiatives of significant scope and impact. These are big and noteworthy changes to strengthen a commitment to community health.

For more info, here's the link for the June Third Event. Let's give recognition to an institution making a stepped up commitment to improving community health.