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BMC physicians also write prescriptions for heavily discounted Hubway member- ships and free helmets, so that low-income patients can benefit from the exercise that bicycling provides. BMC pharmacists talk directly to patients to encourage them to take their medicine — some 40 percent of prescriptions go unfilled nationwide — and offer solutions for how to mitigate any side effects. BMC nurses, child life specialists, and social workers provide age – and gender – appropriate backpacks for kids who have to be taken immediately into foster care from BMC's Emergency Department. These back- packs include clothes, pajamas, and a toy — something to call their own in the midst of a traumatic upheaval. Learning from the Edge Necessity is often the mother of invention. At BMC there is no shortage of necessity, nor is there a shortage of committed people paying attention, developing tacit knowledge and creative solutions to the health care chal- lenges of its patients. As health care reform continues and the percentage of Americans insured by Medicare and Medicaid grows, every hospital will have to grapple with how to balance quality, access, and cost, and how to deliver comprehensive care that keeps all of their patients well. This is not in the distant future: 8,000 Americans turn 65 every day, Medicaid will cover 25 percent of Americans by 2017, and primary care clinics are popping up in retail stores like CVS, Target, and Walmart. BMC is certainly one to watch when it comes to refreshing the trove of possibilities. Walsh is unleashing the creativity, energy, and compassion of her team, and together they are actively creating solutions to health care's challenges. "People often say, 'They took me to BMC,'" Walsh says. "My goal is for them to ask to go there, knowing that they will receive state-of-the- art care at a lower price." 65 s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e an interview with kate walsh

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