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North Shore Medical Center Announces Albright Read Institute

 North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) announced today that it has established the Albright Read Institute for Healthcare Improvement Science and Medical Research (ARI). The Institute will fund research, education and training, and implementation initiatives to improve healthcare services at the Medical Center. An initial gift of $1.5 million from the Norman H. Read Charitable Trust has established the Institute and will provide funding for the first three years. North Shore Medical Center’s Barbara Corning-Davis will serve as the Institute’s director.

“Several years ago we adopted a more systematic, evidence-based approach to improving patient care,” said Robert Norton, president and CEO. “Improvement is now the core business strategy at NSMC. This Institute enables us to expand these efforts and make more significant advances in the way we treat our patients.”

Mitchell Rein, MD, Chief Medical Officer explained  “As we began our improvement journey, we knew that there was opportunity to advance value-based healthcare on the North Shore. We are aiming for excellence in everything we do -- institutionalizing improvement has provided focus on best practices and turned them into the standard of care."

The Institute is named in honor of Norman H. Read, who established the Read Trust in 1985 and Nile L. Albright, MD, a trustee of the Read Trust. Mr. Read, an oil and gas executive who died in 1992, had a long history in Salem. Dr. Albright’s career has been devoted to research-based healthcare and science initiatives. Mr. Read and Dr. Albright were longtime colleagues and friends.

The Read Trust was established in 1985 to enhance research-based healthcare for Salem-area residents and to support science education in Salem schools. Since 1998, NSMC has received more than $2 million from the Read Trust for research efforts across a range of specialties. More than 30 projects over these years have included research into cardiac care, mental health and smoking cessation.

“We are deeply grateful for the Trust’s 15 years of support which funded our first efforts to engage in evidenced-based research at NSMC,” continued Norton. “This next venture between NSMC and the Read Trust will bring to a new level the quality of medical research possible in a community based medical center.”

Jennifer Costain, Vice President of Performance Improvement and Patient Safety at NSMC continued, “ARI is a wonderful, tangible way to support Norman Read’s vision and commitment to the residents of Salem. The institute will be the vehicle to improve the delivery of healthcare locally and to share what we learn from the improvement work with our colleagues everywhere.”


NSMC (North Shore Medical Center) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, NSMC Heart Center, NSMC Women’s Center and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital together provide care at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  #northshoremed

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