Lahey Health Receives More Than $9 Million in State Grants to Improve Care Integration

Innovative projects will better coordinate patient care and integrate behavioral health

October 23, 2014

BURLINGTON, MA – October 22, 2014 – Addison Gilbert, Winchester and Beverly Hospitals, in cooperation with Lowell General Hospital, have received $4.8 million in grants from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) to create a novel model of truly integrated behavioral health care that will carry across the patient lifespan.  Additionally, Addison Gilbert, Beverly and Winchester Hospitals were also awarded individual hospital-specific grants to integrate technologies to manage complex patient care.  The hospitals were awarded the grant money in Phase 2 of the HPC’s Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program.

The $4.8 million joint hospital grant will support mobile crisis and urgent care teams, integrate behavioral health services into emergency departments, and launch a behavioral health public education campaign with the goal of increasing access to, and appropriate utilization of, behavioral health services.

Addison Gilbert Hospital, which in Phase I of the grant program received $294,000 to create a High-Risk Intervention (HRI) Team to increase care coordination, is being awarded $1.269 million to build on the successful implementation of that team and to scale up activities to improve quality, build efficiencies and reduce costs.

Beverly Hospital will receive $2.5 million to transform the quality, safety and cost of care delivered in the hospital and in the community in collaboration with community-based partners. The grant monies will go towards addressing the IHI Triple Aim, incorporating next-generation health technology and enhancing behavioral health for high-risk patients.

Winchester Hospital will be awarded $1 million to build a multidisciplinary team to care for the most complex patients and to maintain communication and relationships with the patients’ families, to monitor those patients with advanced technology and to extend pharmacy oversight to address the challenges of high-risk medications.

We are so proud of the innovative work our affiliate hospitals have undertaken to improve the health of our communities and we are honored to receive the confidence of the HPC through these CHART grants,” said Howard Grant, JD, MD, president and chief executive officer of Lahey Health. “These efforts align with Lahey Health’s strategic vision to increase patient satisfaction by improving quality of care and reducing the overall cost of healthcare in Massachusetts.

CHART’s Phase 2, a two-year investment, is intended to accelerate the transformation of CHART Hospitals through a focus on three outcome-oriented aims:

  • Maximize appropriate hospital use;
  • Enhance behavioral health care; and
  • Improve hospital-wide (or system-wide) processes to reduce waste and improve quality and safety.

"Our community hospitals are high quality, cost-efficient providers of health care that serve patients where they live," said HPC Executive Director David Seltz. “CHART hospitals were issued a challenge: Propose initiatives that will put you on a path of transformation. With over $117 million requested in applications for a $60 million opportunity, CHART hospitals overwhelming responded with innovative proposals that address unmet needs in their communities by leveraging resources of community partners.

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Lahey Health is what's next in healthcare, providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It is comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning hospitals—including an academic hospital and medical center, and community hospitals—primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Lahey Health offers nearly 1,000 locally based physicians providing clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; neurosurgery, cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care; local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital physicians.

Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center—a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine—and Lahey Clinic physician group with practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.; Winchester Hospital; Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities.

Together, we are making innovative, integrated healthcare more personal and more accessible. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Winchester Hospital, Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.