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caring for the whole patient and all of his or her needs, not just the physical or medical challenges. Without exception means that BMC is dedicated to providing exceptional care to everyone, regardless of his or her ability to pay. What's more, BMC is committed to delivering that care at lower cost than other local tertiary hospitals. "We are all here because BMC is what health care is supposed to be," explains Dr. Andrew Ulrich, Vice Chairman of BMC's Department of Emergency Medicine. "We treat patients because they need to be treated, not because they can afford to be treated, and we don't just treat the disease, we try to prevent it." To provide superior quality comprehensive care at a lower cost to everyone that needs it is not an easy task, but BMC is doing it. Publicly reported patient safety records reveal that BMC rates as well or better than other academic medical centers in Boston when it comes to quality (hospitalsafetyscore.org). In terms of its cost of care, data collected across Boston hospitals by CHIA, the Commonwealth's pri- mary hub for health care data and analytics, confirms that BMC prices are less than its peer hospitals. And when it comes to access, BMC is New England's largest safety net hospital. Half of BMC patients are considered low-income. "We know that our future depends on our ability to provide access to high quality health care for our patients and to get people healthy and keep them well," Walsh explains. Thinking Differently About Health Care How is Walsh addressing these seemingly conflicting goals? One of her first tasks was to cut expenses by $100 million to ensure BMC's long- term financial viability. Walsh didn't think of cutting back on qual- ity or access. Instead she got creative and initiated a hiring freeze, revamped the hiring process, reduced supply expenses, plugged leaks 58 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 an interview with kate walsh "We know that our future depends on our ability to provide access to high quality health care for our patients and to get people healthy and keep them well."