"Everyone here truly cares about people and wants them to be happy and healthy. At no time did I feel I was unimportant or not worth the time."
Theses words, written by a grateful patient in a letter I received, truly speak to the heart of Butler Hospital. Yes, we provide the latest treatments, conduct cutting-edge research, and teach tomorrow's doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Yet, at the center of Butler Hospital are people helping people. The 900 people who work at Butler Hospital make a difference in people's lives everyday. We promise to care for people with dignity and respect and will do all that we can to help them get well. We believe it is a privilege and an honor to do the work that we do. I invite you to Discover the People Behind Butler in a special video we produced for this web-based 2011 Annual Report, which celebrates what makes Butler special--its people.
The online report, which includes a combination of videos and readable PDFs, also highlights some of the advances we made in 2011 in furthering clinical excellence, making discoveries, sharing knowledge, and furthering understanding.
We broadened our clinical services to include multidimensional family therapy and educational support for teens struggling with substance abuse. We expanded capacity in Butler's Partial Hospital programs that offer patients the level of care they need during the day and enables them to return home in the evening. With safety as the driver, we focused our quality initiatives on the patient experience and transitions of care.
In 2011, our research efforts explored the whole person – mind and body – as we looked at the impact exercise can have on depression and OCD. Using advanced brain imaging, we studied the life-long effects of childhood maltreatment.
We shared our expertise through providing psychiatric consult-liaison services and on-call coverage to Women & Infants Hospital and offered in-service training on depression and OCD to local Employee Assistance programs. We strengthened our commitment to furthering understanding of brain based illnesses by collaborating with the arts in sponsoring Next to Normal, a Tony Award-winning musical about a family's struggle with bipolar, and by promoting discussions at local libraries about Nothing to Hide, a traveling exhibit featuring families coping with mental illness.
All of our accomplishments in 2011 came about because of the dedicated, compassionate people who are proud to work at Butler Hospital. I share in their pride and hope you will take a few moments to explore what we achieved in 2011 and to Discover the People Behind Butler and the promise they make to those who are the center of all that we do - our patients.