June 27, 2008
MGH leadership meeting provides key updates

The recent hand hygiene compliance results, the fiscal year '09 budget and progress on the construction of the Building for the Third Century (B3C) were featured topics at the June 19 MGH leadership meeting.

Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, welcomed managers and supervisors in the O'Keeffe Auditorium and announced that recent hand hygiene compliance rates for May reached 94 percent before and 98 percent after contact. He congratulated the 27 units that achieved 90 percent compliance before and 35 units that achieved 90 percent after contact. He also stressed that while the MGH reached a hospitalwide goal of 90 percent before and after contact for two months last fall and again in May, the ultimate goal is to reach 100 percent compliance at all times.

Next, Sally Mason Boemer, senior vice president for Finance, provided a brief update on the fiscal year '09 budget process. She explained that managers and supervisors have been working hard to reach their targets and that progress is continuing to be made. Both Mason Boemer and Slavin thanked managers and supervisors for their efforts.

Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration, announced that construction of the B3C is on schedule, and the building is expected to be completed in 2011 — the year of the MGH's bicentennial. Denise Palumbo, RN, MSN, executive director of Radiology and director of B3C Operations Planning, presented a video clip showing photographs of the demolition of the Vincent Burnham Kennedy, Tilton and Clinics buildings to the music of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm Goin' Down." She explained that the teamwork of the Thrive B3C Operations Committee — along with its Noise, Vibrations and Particulate Committee working with MGH nursing directors and Buildings and Grounds staff — has mitigated most, if not all, potential for hospital disruptions and work stoppages to date. David Hanitchak, director of MGH Planning and Construction and Partners Real Estate project executive, then provided a broad overview of the next stage of construction — the slurry wall phase. An in-depth description of the slurry wall phase will be included in the next issue of MGH Hotline and will be available on the B3C website at www.massgeneral.org/building3c.

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