Today, in a letter to its 75,000 employees, Partners HealthCare President and CEO Anne Klibanski, MD unveiled a five-year strategic plan and announced plans for rebranding the health care system, which serves more than 1.5 million patients and receives nearly $2 billion in research funding annually.
“Our patients are at the center of all we do. The overall aim of our strategy and new name is to create the premier integrated health care system of the future, built on the strong reputations of our academic medical centers,” said Anne Klibanski, MD, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. “We will increasingly work as a single health care system that delivers excellence across the full spectrum of health care and is enabled by the strength of research, innovation, new technologies, our valued employees and work we do in communities – work that will impact health worldwide.”
Themes of the Five-Year Strategic Plan
Senior leaders from across the entire system, including academic medical centers, specialty and community hospitals, physicians and insurance company, are focused on developing five strategic themes:
“As we build both our system strategy and our new identity, we will focus on how we leverage the full range of capabilities of our world-class clinicians and staff at our academic medical centers, renowned specialty hospitals, our community hospitals and our community sites,” noted Dr. Klibanski. “Our goal is to have an even greater impact on our patients and the health of the communities we serve locally, nationally and globally.”
Transitioning to Mass General Brigham
Based on feedback from patients and employees and extensive market research, Partners will begin the work to transition to Mass General Brigham.
The initial rebranding efforts began a year ago with a goal to strengthen regional, national and international recognition for the ongoing work of the health care system. Last night, after careful consideration, the Partners board voted unanimously to approve changing the name of the system to one that more closely aligns with the system’s world renowned academic medical centers; Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, two of the strongest and most trusted health care brands.
“The Partners HealthCare name has served our organization well for 25 years and has helped us to become the strong system that we are today, but we are moving forward to rebrand to better articulate what we offer patients and more closely reflect the vision for our system,” said Dr. Klibanski. “Introducing our new name and implementing our strategy will require careful planning and collaboration. Our next step is to actively engage in a thoughtful process for how we best invest our dollars, always keeping patients and clinical care our top priority.”
Partners HealthCare is an integrated health care system, founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, that offers patients a continuum of coordinated and high-quality care. In addition to its two academic medical centers, the system includes community and specialty hospitals, a health insurance plan, a physician network, community health centers, home health and long-term care services, and other health care entities. Partners is a non-profit organization that is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. In addition, Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information, please visit www.partners.org.