Betsy Nabel

Among several topics discussed during Town Meeting on May 24, Brigham Health President Betsy Nabel, MD, emphasized her personal and institutional commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion at the Brigham. “We start from a place of incredible strength: I know how committed, dedicated and loyal you are to our patients and to one another, and that’s really what defines us — what defines our culture — and we call that the Brigham Way,” Nabel said. “There’s always room for progress, and we want to make this the best place to work and seek care in Boston.”

BWHers are encouraged to share their thoughts on their broader experience about working here by taking the Brigham Experience: Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Survey, said Nabel and Paula Squires, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, senior vice president of Human Resources. Closing June 22, the survey is completely confidential, with the goal of receiving honest feedback from staff so that hospital leaders can improve the patient and employee experience, Squires said. More information about how to participate in the survey is available on PikeNotes.

Facilities Update

David McCready, senior vice president of Surgical, Procedural Services and Imaging, and Facilities and Operations, provided an update on construction projects currently underway, including the 30,000-square-foot primary and specialty care center opening this October in Westwood, known as “Westwood One.” Looking ahead, the construction team plans to add another wing (“Westwood Two”) to provide day surgery and imaging.

McCready also spoke about the helipad’s relocation to the Tower, noting construction is scheduled to conclude in October. In addition, construction of the expanded, redesigned Emergency Department (ED) — which will double the ED’s capacity with 30 new patient bays and create dedicated areas for behavioral health and oncology patients — is slated to begin early this summer.

Also highlighted at Town Meeting was the recent opening of the Bridge Clinic, an outpatient service in the Department of Psychiatry that helps patients with substance use disorder rapidly access treatment until placement in a long-term recovery program can be secured. Services include individual and group sessions, medication management and social services. To learn more about accessing care at the Bridge Clinic, contact

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