Brigham Health

Transforming Medicine Through Life-giving Breakthroughs

Strategic Plan


Brigham and Women’s Hospital is dedicated to:

  • serving the needs of our local and global community,
  • providing the highest quality health care to patients and their families,
  • expanding the boundaries of medicine through research,
  • educating the next generation of health care professionals.


Brigham and Women's Hospital aspires to transform the future of healthcare, through science, education and compassionate care, locally and globally.

Our Values

Values are a set of principles that guide behaviors and decisions over time. Our Brigham Health values are:

  • Integrity: Being honest and having strong moral principles. Integrity means doing the right thing, whether or not anyone knows that you did it, both as an individual and as an organization. Read stories that reflect the value of integrity.
  • Collaboration: An effort by more than one person to accomplish a goal. It's about teamwork and looking beyond personal goals and interests to support your colleagues in achieving something. Much of our work at the Brigham requires some degree of collaboration, which happens when we cooperate and demonstrate mutual respect for one another. Collaboration fuels intellectual curiousity. By exchanging ideas and working with colleagues in our own areas of expertise - as well as those in other fields or industries - new ideas are brought to fruition. Read stories that reflect the value of collaboration.
  • Inclusion: An inclusive culture puts diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect and connection. Individuals are encouraged to bring their unique beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living to advance our mission. In an inclusive environment, we value open-mindedness and respect different perspectives and contributions, with the goal of ensuring equal opportunities for everyone to achieve their full potential. Read stories that reflect the value of inclusion.
  • Professionalism: How you behave while you are at work. Professionalism includes the following:
    • Demonstrating competence in your profession
    • Striving to improve a situation
    • Treating patients, family members, colleagues and others with respect, dignity, kindness and equality
    • Providing high-quality care and exceptional service
    • Ensuring confidentiality
    • Admitting your mistakes and taking responsibility
    • Not letting the challenges we face change the way we treat others

Read stories that reflect the value of professionalism.

  • Empathy: The ability to place yourself in another person's position. Empathy means that you respond thoughtfully to how someone is feeling and express understanding of what they are going through. Empathy is related to compassion, a word we use frequently, which is not only understanding a person's feelings, but also wanting to help them. When you practice empathy, you recognize that someone else's thoughts, feelings and experiences may be different from your own. To that end, empathy is important in advancing our work in the areas of diversity, inclusion and cultural competence. Read stories that reflect the value of empathy.


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