Belle­vue’s lat­est honor

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Sure, your hos­pi­tal may be on the 100 Top Hos­pi­tals: Na­tional Bench­marks list. You may be a “cen­ter of ex­cel­lence.” Hell, you may even have won a Mal­colm Baldrige Na­tional Qual­ity Award. But Out­liers knows of only one hos­pi­tal that can lay claim to a Pulitzer Prize. And we con­fess we’re jeal­ous of you, Belle­vue Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter.

How did the New York City hos­pi­tal, best known as a mental hos­pi­tal, earn the most cov­eted prize in jour­nal­ism? Well first of all, it was for its lit­er­ary out­put, not its news savvy, that Belle­vue scored the honor. As read­ers of Out­liers may re­mem­ber, the hos­pi­tal be­gan host­ing Belle­vue Lit­er­ary Press a few years back as a project of the New York Uni­ver­sity School of Medicine. The small, in­de­pen­dent pub­lisher brands it­self as of­fer­ing “Books at the in­ter­sec­tion of the arts and sci­ence.”

One of those books is Tin­kers. It’s the first novel by Paul Hard­ing, who claimed the Pulitzer for fic­tion ear­lier this month. The Pulitzer judges called it “a pow­er­ful cel­e­bra­tion of life in which a New Eng­land fa­ther and son, through suf­fer­ing and joy, tran­scend their im­pris­on­ing lives and of­fer new ways of per­ceiv­ing the world and mor­tal­ity.”

As for Out­liers, we still haven’t got­ten a call from the Pulitzer Prize board—al­though we’re will­ing to wait. Af­ter all, coun­try mu­sic icon Hank Wil­liams won one this year and he’s been dead for 57 years. Al­though we’re not sure if there’s a cat­e­gory for wise­crack­ing health­care col­umns.

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