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‘This Family’s Story Sat in Our Hearts’: Care Teams Go Above and Beyond to Support Patients

Amanda Beauregard, then 38 weeks pregnant, did her best to ignore the mounting discomfort in her belly while resting in her husband Patrick’s room in Medical Oncology on Connors Center 7.

August 25, 2020
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Confronting and Combating Health Inequities During the Pandemic

One of the pandemic’s greatest tragedies was COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on underserved communities, particularly among people of color.

June 26, 2020
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George Araneo walking in woods

‘A Game-Changer’: Cardiac Procedure Heals Patient’s Heart

George Araneo’s life changed forever last October. Walking home from dinner on Halloween night, Araneo, 66, suddenly became unconscious and fell to the ground.

February 27, 2020
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Seven panelists sitting in chairs

Patient Shares Story of Resilience and Recovery

The first time Dawn Shreve reached out for help, she was a scared and confused teenager struggling to cope with a series of disorienting changes at home, including her parents’ divorce and the death of her grandmother.

February 13, 2020
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Suzanne Erwin standing with book cart

A ‘Novel’ Approach: Traveling Book Cart Lifts Spirits with Literature

Even in the era of Kindles, iPads and countless other digital distractions, technology is no replacement for the simple joy of curling up with a book or thumbing through a magazine for some people.

February 6, 2020
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Human Resources Staff Offer Guidance to SSJP Alumni

As Ekram Sakhta pursues her dream of becoming a Brigham nurse, she has been eager to soak up any career guidance she can find. So, when invited to an event that offered the chance to meet with a member of the Brigham’s Human Resources (HR) team, receive feedback on her resume and discuss career goals, she jumped on the opportunity.

January 16, 2020
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On a High Note: After Traumatic Hand Injury, Patient Returns to the Piano

For as long as Murray Daniels can remember, he has felt most at home on a piano bench. 

January 9, 2020
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Behind the Scenes at the Brigham: Reiki Program

Relief washed over a man’s face as he watched his wife doze off in her hospital bed after receiving reiki therapy. 

December 12, 2019
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Pilot Clinic Extends Breastfeeding Support to Outpatient Setting

Patients who have their baby at the Brigham can meet with nurse lactation consultants during their hospital stay to discuss how to fulfill their infant’s nutritional needs, whether that means breastfeeding, formula feeding, donor milk use or a combination of these sources. 

December 5, 2019
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Giving Thanks: Patient Celebrates a Heart Full of Gratitude and Joy

Two years ago, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Ann Taylor and her family feared the worst. 

November 21, 2019
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Connors Center Hosts Annual Remembrance Service

Sixteen years ago, the multidisciplinary Connors Center Bereavement Committee began hosting a small remembrance service in Carrie Hall to help families coping with the loss of a baby. Since then, the service has grown tremendously, with many families returning year after year to remember their babies and support each other.

November 14, 2019
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Odysseys in Mental Health: Assessing the Challenge

The following is an excerpt from “Entitled to Hope: Odysseys in Mental Health” in the fall issue of Brigham Health magazine. Read the complete issue at magazine.brighamandwomens.org. *All patient names have been changed to protect privacy.

November 7, 2019
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Neobladder Surgery Allows Cancer Patient to Reclaim Active Lifestyle

After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer at age 40, Brian Mushlin spent the next five years trying to beat the disease through a multitude of medical treatments.

October 31, 2019
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Police and Security Wear Pink Patches to Support Breast Cancer Research

By the time Capt. Kevin Slattery joined the Police and Security team two years ago, he was already well-acquainted with Brigham, although in an entirely different context compared to his role today.

October 24, 2019
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‘Keyhole’ Brain Surgery Brings Speedy Recovery for Grandmother

Lois Ence, mother of eight, grandmother of 37 and great-grandmother of nine, faced a difficult decision after her left eye began to tear uncontrollably and the lid began to droop.

September 26, 2019
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From left: Daniel Solomon and Christin Price participate in a panel discussion in Bornstein Amphitheater.

Celebrating Recovery Month: Bridge Clinic Inspires Innovation

Not only has the Brigham Health Bridge Clinic been providing timely care for patients with opioid addiction and other substance use disorders since opening last year, but it’s also inspiring innovation to combat the region’s opioid crisis.

September 19, 2019
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From NICU Alum to Neuro Resident to New Mom: A Brigham Family Story

Sharon Conway, LICSW, was 26 weeks pregnant in 1987 when she and her husband, Stephen Conway, MD, saw the meticulously laid-out plans for the next chapter of their lives take an unexpected turn.

September 12, 2019
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Jessica Lambert and Mayra Pinilla Vera collaborate in the lab.

Elevating the Next Generation of Native American Health Care Leaders

As Jessica Lambert considered her options for internships earlier this summer, one stood out above the rest: the Four Directions Summer Research Program.

August 29, 2019
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Not All Heroes Wear Capes: At the Brigham, Some Have Painted Masks

With a little help from Lead Radiation Therapist Marianne Weiler, MBA, RT(T), pediatric cancer patients who are undergoing radiation therapy at the Brigham have the option to transform into superheroes. 

August 22, 2019
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Sumaira Ahmed

‘Illuminating the Darkness’ Around a Rare Disease

Five years ago, Sumaira Ahmed noticed a small black circle partially obstructing vision in her right eye. It expanded over the next two days, and soon she was unable to see out of that eye at all. 

August 8, 2019
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From left: Terri Gorman, Karen Cashman, Corinne Cyr-Pryor and Katherine Gregory

Marking a Milestone: NICU Alum Visits Brigham 40 Years Later

In the four decades since Karen Cashman was a patient in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Boston Lying-In Hospital, one of the Brigham’s predecessor institutions, much has changed.

July 25, 2019
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Angel Ayala displays one of the new media carts.

Media Carts Bring the Comforts of Home to Patients

Four custom-made media carts — equipped with a 32-inch smart TV, Wi-Fi capability, a Blu-ray player, USB ports and a retro Super Nintendo game console — are available for patients to borrow upon request during their stay.

July 11, 2019
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Nurse Louise Payen and medical interpreter Ana Hoffman meet on Braunwald Tower 14A.

Behind the Scenes at the Brigham: Interpreter Services

When Sigfredo Salguero began working at the Brigham five years ago, he was struck by the professionalism and enthusiasm of each member of the Interpreter Services team.

June 27, 2019
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Brigham Community Affirms Commitment to Health Equity

Brigham Bulletin invited all faculty, staff and trainees to reflect on how they are addressing health equity in their own work and their suggestions for advancing health equity at the Brigham.

June 13, 2019
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Andrew Green

From SSJP Grad to Clinical Engineer, Biomed Staff Grateful for Brigham Support

Since Andrew Green, M.Eng, was a senior in high school, he’s considered the Brigham’s Department of Biomedical Engineering his second home. Now a clinical engineer with the team, Green said he would not have landed his dream job if it weren’t for his experiences with the Student Success Jobs Program (SSJP) and endless support from his mentors here.

June 6, 2019
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The Patient and Family Relations team

Behind the Scenes at the Brigham: Patient and Family Relations

As Lynne Blech reflects on the most rewarding points of her nine years in Patient and Family Relations, it’s the smaller, more private moments — sitting beside a patient or family member and listening to their concerns with kindness and empathy — that warm her heart the most.

May 23, 2019
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From left: Kate Gasparrini listens to Melinda, a patient at Brookside Community Health Center, during a recent visit.

A Local Lifeline: Brookside Offers Integrated Behavioral Health

Melinda, 54, a longtime patient at Brookside Community Health Center, said the clinic’s recent addition of walk-in hours for behavioral health counseling has been a lifeline during a devastating time for her family.

May 16, 2019
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From left: Erin Lyons Matiello visits Kerry Bergeron after a recent Easter celebration for VAD patients.

From the Heart: PA Spreads Cheer with Celebrations for VAD Patients

Since 2016, physician assistant Erin Lyons Matiello, PA-C, of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, has run the Boston Athletic Association’s (B.A.A.) 10K each June with the Brigham LVAD Warriors.

May 9, 2019
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Foreground, at right: Gary Levine and Jane Brock meet with pathologists in Myanmar.

Brigham Team Tackles Global Cancer Burden Through Technology

Although their work takes place behind the scenes, pathologists are on the front lines when it comes to diagnosing and, by extension, treating cancer. But in much of the world, experienced pathologists are in short supply.

May 2, 2019
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From left: Linda Van Marter, Kyle Wilcox and Maria Conley

Former NICU Patient Gives Back to the Brigham

Kyle Wilcox spent the first 81 days of his life in the Brigham’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Eighteen years later, he’s a healthy high school senior who is preparing for graduation and college. Inspired to give back to the hospital that he and his family called home for nearly three months, Wilcox visited the Brigham on April 18 and donated gifts to parents whose babies are currently in the NICU.

April 25, 2019
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Jasmine Sealy-Norvin receives tips on resumé writing from a volunteer during Bridges to Moms’ recent Career Day event.

Building Bridges, Closing Gaps: Program Supports Homeless Moms-to-Be

Shortly after Jasmine Sealy-Norvin, 28, learned she was pregnant with her second child, she gathered her courage, her 4-year-old son and whatever the two of them could physically carry — and they escaped.Home was no longer a sanctuary due to domestic violence.

April 18, 2019
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Carla Monteiro

‘Truly My Calling’: Aspiring Social Worker Advocates for Those in Need

When Carla Monteiro learned a few months ago that she would receive the Future of Social Work award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), she burst into tears.

April 11, 2019
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Social Medicine: Is Our Criminal Justice System Harmful to Health?

When an uninsured, 44-year-old Latino patient arrived at a Philadelphia clinic to seek help for severe back pain, neither he nor his provider was prepared for the complex web of structural barriers that would ultimately affect his care.

April 4, 2019
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From left: Kidney Pal team members Josh Lakin and Kelsey Killeen discuss a case with nephrologist Ernest Mandel in the Dialysis Unit.

‘Pal’ Programs Bring Palliative Care Closer to the Bedside

Since he began working more closely with the Division of Renal Medicine over the past several months, palliative care physician Josh Lakin, MD, says one thing has become abundantly clear: Patients with kidney disease face a complex constellation of medical complications, psychosocial concerns and quality-of-life issues.

March 28, 2019
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Comunidad en Acción: Improving Health by Nurturing a Community

Comunidad en Acción, which translates to “Community in Action,” provides free services and educational resources for Spanish-speaking patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes to help them better manage their overall health.

March 21, 2019
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Schwartz Rounds: Reflections on Compassionate Care

Sunny Eappen, MD, MBA, senior vice president and chief medical officer, guides an interactive discussion during Schwartz Rounds about what it means to deliver compassionate care and the barriers caregivers face when doing so.

February 28, 2019