New Heart Transplant Protocol Expands Range for Donor Organs, Gives Hope to Patients in Need

Tony DiGiorgio’s heart had been through a lot. Since he was 37, DiGiorgio has had coronary artery…

May 8, 2023

Young Patient Reflects on ‘Whirlwind’ Diagnosis to the Novel Heart Surgery That Saved Her Life

After getting up for work one morning in October 2021, 27-year-old Allegra Campagna experienced an…

March 7, 2023

Brigham Leaders Help Guide Hospitals Nationwide in Advancing Health Equity

It started with a pitch. Karthik Sivashanker, MD, MPH, was a fellow in the Department of Quality and…

December 21, 2022

Driving Change: Car Magnets Prove to Be Simple Solution to Discharge Delays

When Caprie Bell, MSN, RN, a charge nurse on Braunwald Tower 15, enters a patient room during her…

September 8, 2022

After the Loss of His Hand, First Patient to Undergo Novel Amputation in Acute Setting Ready to Make Waves Again

When Shaun Melendy, 42, was kayaking down the river behind his West Bridgewater home one winter morning…

August 23, 2022

Brigham OT Offers Neuro Patients Advanced Care Closer to Home

Occupational therapist Nicole Mannion, MA, OTR/L, recently joined a multidisciplinary team in Foxborough…

April 4, 2022

When Cancer Threatened to Take a Patient’s Eye, a Brigham Care Team Saved It — and Him

When Ira Santos started to find it difficult to breathe through his nose, he assumed allergies were to…

May 2, 2022

After Others Deemed Her Case Inoperable, Brigham Neurosurgery Team Cures a Mom’s Rare, Deadly Brain Disorder

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Brigham Bulletin is highlighting how one mother’s unwavering…

May 5, 2022

Emergency Department Expansion Goes Live with Completion of Construction Phase

After seven years of planning, approvals and a building process that included continued construction…

May 25, 2022

New Mobile Communication Tool Makes It Easy, Efficient for Care Teams to Stay Connected

When Barbara Lakatos, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, APRN, and Christine Murphy, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, are providing…

July 28, 2022

Brigham Leads Push to Expand Home Hospital Services

Thanks to recent changes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, the Brigham’s Home Hospital program and others like it around the country are poised to make this type of home-based care accessible to even more patients.

November 27, 2020

Digital Technology Becomes Essential Part of Patient Care

Physical distancing remains one of the most important and effective measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19, but it initially presented clinicians with a dilemma: How do you safely deliver care when face-to-face interactions suddenly pose so many challenges?

June 26, 2020
Dr. Morris stands in front of audience in lecture hall

Brigham Hosts Open Forum on COVID-19 Preparedness

On March 3, clinical experts and hospital leaders on the front line of the Brigham’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) response hosted an open forum to provide an update on preparation efforts and respond to questions from faculty and staff.

March 5, 2020
project team members standing in front of table

Take the DO IT Challenge and Help End Operational Inefficiencies

Through a new challenge called DO IT — Decreasing Operational Inefficiencies Together — the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) is seeking to uncover and solve the most inefficient, cumbersome or redundant work-related tasks and technologies that they wrestle with daily.

February 27, 2020

Improving Access to Community-based Speech Pathology Services

There are five words that always make Beth Regan, MS, CCC-SLP, senior speech language pathologist in Rehabilitation Services, smile when she meets with patients at Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center at Patriot Place in Foxborough: “I’m so relieved you’re here.”

January 16, 2020

Brigham Increases Tuition Reimbursement for Staff

Thinking about enrolling in a training class or educational course to enhance your professional skills? Thanks to a recent expansion in benefits, doing so is more affordable for eligible employees. 

January 9, 2020

Heart Transplant Helps Patient Get Back in Motion

Arlington resident David Kenney, 54, commutes on his bike eight miles to his office in Back Bay year-round. His first morning ride in July was like any other except for one important detail: That day, he was biking with a new heart.

December 5, 2019
Natalie Artzi and Jackie Slavik with award check

Brigham Bioengineer Works to Build a Bright Future

Natalie Artzi, PhD, of the Division of Engineering in Medicine, and her team were hard at work on research related to delivering cancer treatment when tragedy struck close to home.

November 14, 2019

BWH Maps App Puts Indoor Navigation in the Palm of Your Hand

A new smartphone app called BWH Maps, released by the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub), makes finding your way around the hospital easier than ever with real-time indoor navigation to more than 300 destinations on the main campus.

November 7, 2019

Brigham Performs Nation’s First Face Transplant for Black Patient

When Robert Chelsea noticed his car was overheating while driving on a California freeway six years ago, he never could have imagined the life-altering trauma that would occur just moments after he stopped his vehicle on the side of the road.  

October 24, 2019

Surgical PA Combines Bedside Experience and Operational Expertise in New Role

Physician Assistant (PA) Week is held Oct. 6–12 to honor physician assistants’ substantial role in improving health.

October 10, 2019

In Journey to Improve Health, Brigham Staffer Aims to Run 5Ks in 50 States

When Karen Bruynell, administrative director of Brigham Education Institute (BEI), sets a goal, she doesn’t stop until it’s achieved. So, when she decided to compete in 5K races in all 50 states, she hit the ground running — literally.

October 3, 2019
Jonathan Santiago displays one of the disposable bedding kits available to EMS personnel outside the Emergency Department.

Putting Inefficiency to Bed: Team Finds Creative Approach to Linen Loss

As director of Materials Management at the Brigham, Jonathan Santiago spends many days thinking about two kinds of sheets: bedsheets and spreadsheets. They have more in common than you might expect.

September 19, 2019

Lifesaving Cardiac Procedure Restores Health and Joy for Grateful Patient

Earlier this year, Sabina Barry, 69, couldn’t imagine walking up the stairs without gasping for air. Today, she’s doing a lot more than that — including playing catch with her grandson and keeping up with a playful new puppy — thanks to the lifesaving care she received at the Brigham.

August 29, 2019

Brigham Recognized in U.S. News Best Hospital Rankings

Brigham and Women’s Hospital rose to No. 13 on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Hospitals, up from No. 20 in last year’s annual Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is a distinction awarded to 20 hospitals that deliver exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care.

July 30, 2019
From left: Christin Price and Samata Sharma, who care for patients with substance use disorder, meet in the Bridge Clinic.

Brigham Co-Leads Citywide Hospital Response to Opioid Crisis

The Brigham is one of 12 local hospitals that have committed to training their care providers about addiction as well as supporting faculty and staff faced with challenges related to their own or a loved one’s substance use disorder (SUD).

July 25, 2019
Dan Scanlon (center) of Fallon Ambulance instructs Brigham staff on bleeding-control techniques during a recent training.

Brigham Installs New ‘Stop the Bleed’ Kits

Bleeding-control kits are being installed across Brigham Health facilities to help lay bystanders and medical professionals alike respond to someone experiencing uncontrolled bleeding before a code team or other first responders arrive.

July 11, 2019
Tim Ewing

Quality Rounds: ‘Intersectionality and Care: Identity Matters’

On May 10, Quality Rounds provided an opportunity for Brigham faculty and staff to discuss the critical intersection of identity and patient care as part of our overall Brigham Experience work, which comprises the patient and employee experiences.

May 16, 2019
From left: Jean Honorat, Labina Shrestha and Tereza Teixeira Pereira

Environmental Services Training Enhances Care, Professional Growth

Tereza Teixeira Pereira considers her work in Environmental Services vital to the health and safety of everyone at the Brigham. An employee here for the last 12 years, Teixeira Pereira said when she recently had the chance to expand her skills and education, she jumped at the opportunity.

May 9, 2019
Hand Hygiene Task Force members

For All the Lives We Touch: Q&A with ACMO Charles A. Morris, MD, MPH

In just six months, the Brigham increased its hand hygiene compliance rate from 67 to 90 percent, thanks to a clear mission, committed leadership, an efficient team structure, comprehensive communication and analytics, and the ongoing efforts of local leads, frontline staff and support services.

April 25, 2019
Steven Palmer responds to a call in the Emergency Department as part of the exercise

Brigham Emergency Response Team Simulates Ebola Outbreak

How would we respond if there was a patient infected with Ebola at the Brigham?

April 4, 2019

PIE Awards Celebrate Exceptional Faculty and Staff

Hundreds of members of the Brigham community were honored during the 23rd annual PIE Awards ceremony on Feb. 27.

February 28, 2019