The Lunder Foundation’s $50 million gift will advance education and build on the hospital’s 200-year legacy of provider education
BOSTON, March 24, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has received a transformational gift from the Lunder Foundation of Portland, Maine, which aims to reinvent healthcare education for the 21st century and ensure the highest quality care for every patient. This commitment – one of the largest ever supported to support education in the health professions – will improve the training of providers in all roles, now and in the future, by funding three linked initiatives and interrelated: the Peter L. Slavin, MD Academy for Applied Learning in Healthcare; Lunder Learning Hospital; and the MGH Learning Endowment.
“This transformational gift will galvanize interprofessional education for Mass General clinicians and teams, improve patient care, and reinforce the hospital’s lasting legacy as a leading force in global health professions education.” said hospital president David FM Brown, MD.
Since its founding in 1811, the MGH has been committed to advancing and improving patient care through the training of new doctors, nurses and other health professionals. As Harvard Medical School’s largest teaching hospital and founder of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Mass General’s longstanding commitment to education has provided a model and set the standard for academic medical centers around the world. whole world. But in recent years, healthcare education has often struggled to keep pace with the growing complexities of modern medicine delivery – for every healthcare worker whose vital work depends on staying at the cutting edge constantly evolving research and technology results.
The Lunder Foundation has deep philanthropic ties to MGH. In 2010, the Lunder Foundation presented MGH with a gift of $35 million to support a new facility, completed in 2011 and named for the Peter and Paula Lunder family, along with an additional gift of $5 million. dollars to develop and launch an educational initiative aimed at healthcare providers in Maine. The Foundation’s new $50 million commitment will count toward the hospital’s current fundraising effort, The Campaign for the General Masswhich aims to raise $3 billion by December 31, 2024, the largest fundraising campaign in the hospital’s 210-year history and the largest nationwide campaign for an autonomous teaching hospital.
“The Lunder Foundation has a long-standing commitment to supporting innovation in higher education and health care,” said foundation president Kevin Gillis. “We are thrilled to help launch these new initiatives at Mass General and are confident they will impact the lives of patients and healthcare professionals across the region and beyond.”
The Peter L. Slavin, MD Academy for Applied Learning in Health Care will serve as the institutional hub for this ambitious effort. This new center – named in recognition of the former hospital president and his longstanding commitment to education in service of all hospital missions – will support and develop education-based faculty; promote educational innovation; explore and expand opportunities to introduce new practices and technologies; inspire and expand knowledge in the science of learning; and transforming the landscape of interprofessional and system-wide medical education everywhere.
“The Slavin Academy is designed to raise the bar for lifelong training and education for carers so that it is a sought-after, inclusive, accessible and assertive part of their ever-changing and life-saving work, a educational experience that helps improve their patient satisfaction and outcomes at the same time,” said Bob Carter, MD, PhD, Chief of Neurosurgery at the MGH and Chair of the Teaching and Education Executive Committee – l the hospital’s central planning and policy-making body for education.
The second initiative, the Lunder Learning Hospital, will be a “training ground” for students, interns and staff at the facility. Designed to look, feel and function like a hospital in a microcosm, with its own outpatient clinic, emergency department, operating room and specialist units, The Learning Hospital will be “staffed” on a rotational basis with teams of the MGH. Providers will train on realistic simulators and educational models, and with actors representing patients. Lunder Learning Hospital will also incorporate emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, to prepare healthcare providers for a wide range of scenarios.
In addition to a clinical training environment, this educational center will include classrooms and collaborative spaces. The holistic training provided at Lunder Learning Hospital will ultimately improve expertise, reduce errors, and promote compassionate, expert, and equitable care across campus. It will also serve as a world-class resource to support learners and institutions across the region, across the country and around the world.
“Increasingly, delivering optimal care depends on training all hospital staff to perform complex tasks as an integrated care team,” said James A. Gordon, MD, director of the learning at the MGH, which is leading this innovative educational transformation. “The Learning Hospital models the whole system – not just individual parts – allowing us to train together in a systematic way. We believe this will lead to increasingly effective and efficient ways of delivering health care to all the patients.”
The third initiative made possible by the donation from the Lunder Foundation will help ensure the long-term impact of the Slavin Academy and Learning Hospital. The MGH Learning Endowment is founded with a $5 million endowment that will provide programmatic resources and establish two faculty chairs: the David FM Brown, MD Endowed Education Academy Chair, and the Lunder Family Endowed Education Academy Chair, which will become James A. Gordon, President of the MD Endowed Education Academy after Gordon’s retirement. The Endowed Chairs will provide flexible and sustainable funding, allowing hospital management to select experts and faculty educators and provide them with seed funding for innovative pilot projects as well as resources to conduct research and publish findings to drive change in science learning across healthcare. .
“Looking forward, it will be health care systems that prioritize educating the workforce that will deliver better care,” Gordon said. “The generosity of the Lunder Foundation will create a workforce-based educational enterprise that will elevate Mass General to a level of consistent high performance never before seen in the healthcare industry, ensuring that advances in medical science and clinical care is applied to every patient, every time.”
Although the funds are fully allocated to the three central initiatives, the Lunder Foundation has challenged the MGH to match the donation to further support education efforts at the hospital. Donations made to departments and programs at the institution, such as chairs in education and endowed scholarships, as well as donations to Slavin Academy, will count toward the game.
“At Mass General, we not only aspire to be on par with our peer institutions – we aspire to be able to teach the world how to transform the experience of patient care,” said Ann Prestipino, Vice President principal of MGH and Massachusetts. Organization of general practitioners. “The Lunder Foundation’s visionary gift will allow us to introduce a new model of education that we believe will resonate for decades with healthcare institutions – and, more importantly, the patients who rely on them for exceptional care.”
About Massachusetts General Hospital
Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital is Harvard Medical School’s first and largest teaching hospital and the third oldest hospital in the nation. Each year, the 1,100-bed academic medical center cares for more than 50,000 inpatients, records more than 1.5 million outpatient and emergency visits, and delivers more than 3,800 babies. MGH is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Top Hospitals.” Mass General is home to the MGH Research Institute, which conducts the nation’s largest hospital science program, with annual research expenditures of more than $1 billion and comprising more than 8,500 researchers working in more than 30 institutes, centers and departments . Mass General is a founding member of the Mass General Brigham Health Care System.
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