“This award recognizes the institution, not just the residency program, and we recognize the influence the entire organization has on the education we are able to provide to our residents.
It is the people and the culture at Beacon Health System that supports their learning and growth.”

Dale Patterson, MD, executive director of the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, is referring to the prestigious 2018 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Foundation (ACGME) and Gold Foundation DeWitt (Bud) C. Baldwin, Jr. Award that Memorial Hospital of South Bend recently received.

From left to right: Carol J. Fox, MD, FAAFP, Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer, Excela Health, Gregory Pouliot, PhD, Behavioral Medicine Director, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Dale Patterson, MD, Designated Institutional Official of Memorial Hospital of South Bend, DeWitt (Bud) Baldwin Jr. and his wife, Michele Baldwin, Larry Tracy, President, Memorial Hospital of South Bend and Richard Levin, MD, President and CEO, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Memorial Hospital was one of two health care organizations from more than 800 nationally to receive the award for fostering a respectful and supportive learning environment for graduate medical education. 

Excela Latrobe Hospital of Latrobe, Pa., also received the award.

“I hope that we can learn from our successes to work together to help our organization and others become even better as we move forward. I am proud to be a part of Beacon and Memorial,” Patterson said.

Both Memorial and Latrobe serve as examples of ideal learning environments, where a culture of humanism can be seen throughout their systems, said Richard Levin, MD, President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The awards were recently presented to the hospitals in Orlando, Fla.

“By training young physicians in a culture of respect and compassion, Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend are making a powerful difference for both their own patients and staff but also for the healthcare organizations where these residents will work in the future,” Levin said in a press release.

The Bud Baldwin Award invites high-performing sponsoring institutions identified by the ACGME and Gold foundation to apply for a site visit to welcome a team of site visitors to assess the institution’s professionalism, collaborative behavior and positive environment. During the site visit, institutions demonstrate the professionalism and success in addressing medical education issues and implemented programs to support their application.

The ACGME and Gold Foundation DeWitt (Bud) C. Baldwin, Jr. Award originated in 2016 to highlight institutions with accredited residency and fellowship programs that are exemplary in fostering a respectful environment for medical education training.

The award also seeks to highlight the focus of patient-centered care and compassion throughout the institution.

Former winners include the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Inc. of Milwaukee, Wis.; VA Caribbean Healthcare System of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation of LaCrosse, Wis.; Montana Family Medicine of Billings, Mont.; Vanderbilt University Medical Center of Nashville, Tenn.; and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System of Richmond, Va.

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