In Shift to Online Offerings, STRATUS Center Finds Global Audience

When the COVID-19 pandemic halted in-person educational experiences earlier this year, the Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation didn’t view the loss of on-site interaction as a roadblock. Instead, the center’s leadership team saw it as an opportunity to expand STRATUS’ reach across the globe — adapting its faculty development and instructor trainings for a virtual setting and broader audience.

December 23, 2020

Video: COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Clinic, Day 1

Sarah Kirchofer, MSN, RN, NP-C, NE-BC, interim director of Occupational Health Services, reflects on what this momentous day means for the Brigham community in this brief video.

December 18, 2020

We Asked, You Answered: Why Are You Looking Forward to Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine?

On Dec. 16, the first group of eligible staff began receiving the vaccination for COVID-19. Brigham Bulletin recently asked several members of the Brigham community why they were looking forward to being vaccinated.

December 17, 2020

Anderson Reflects on First 60 Days as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

When Shelly Anderson, MPM, executive vice president and chief operating officer, considers the challenges and opportunities laid out before the Brigham, one objective stands out in her mind: balance.

December 17, 2020

First Phase of ED Expansion Goes Live with Partial Opening of New Space

A project nearly five years in the making, the Emergency Department (ED) expansion celebrated a significant milestone this week when its newest pods opened for patient care on Dec. 1.

December 3, 2020

New Dining Options to Support Our Safe Care Commitment

In response to the need to maintain appropriate physical distance while eating, seating has been adjusted in the Brigham’s three main dining areas — the Garden Café, the 45 Francis St. lobby and the Hale Building Atrium — and signage has been added to these locations to ensure safe, individual dining.

August 12, 2020

By the Numbers: Brigham’s Flu Shot Programs

The pandemic made the logistics of large-scale flu vaccination considerably more challenging. But these obstacles were no match for the dedicated staff who led patient and employee flu clinics this fall.

December 8, 2020

Spotlight on Surge Planning: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This week, Doug Carney, AIA, MBA, senior vice president, Real Estate, Facilities, and Operations, shares details about our plans for personal protective equipment (PPE).

December 3, 2020

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

Giving Thanks: Family Celebrates Health, Honors Loved One’s Memory with Platelet Donation

Ellie Garside, 25, vividly remembers the night that her boyfriend, Logan Dunne, woke her up to say they needed to go to the hospital.

November 24, 2020

Spotlight on Surge Planning: Emergency Department

This week, Paul Chen, MD, MBA, director of clinical operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, shares details about our Emergency Department (ED) plans.

November 18, 2020

Brigham Cardiovascular Experts Share Breakthroughs at AHA 2020 Scientific Sessions

While the American Heart Association (AHA) 2020 Scientific Sessions took place in a dramatically different format this year — becoming fully virtual for the first time — one aspect remained the same: Brigham investigators were once again at the forefront of major cardiovascular trials, presenting findings with the potential to transform cardiovascular care.

November 18, 2020

‘We Couldn’t Have Done It Without Each Other’: Teamwork Fuels Successful Glucose Meter Rollout

In an exceptional demonstration of collaboration — built on 18 months of careful planning and coordination — a multidisciplinary Brigham team led the replacement of 320 glucose meters over a three-day period across the main and distributed campuses in September.

November 12, 2020

In Memoriam: Aretha Shine Harris, Environmental Services

A member of the Brigham family for 25 years, Ms. Harris most recently worked as a housekeeper in the Dialysis Unit on Braunwald Tower 3, where she assisted staff, patients and visitors before taking a leave of absence due to her illness.

November 16, 2020

Three Physicians with Brigham Ties Selected for President-elect’s COVID-19 Advisory Board

Three public health experts with Brigham connections were among those named to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board on Nov. 9.

November 9, 2020

Spotlight on Surge Planning: Ambulatory Services

This week, Kelly Fanning, MBA, vice president for Ambulatory Services and Patient Experience at the Brigham, shares details about our Ambulatory plans.

November 11, 2020

Radiation Oncology Residents Expand Opportunities for Diverse Students with Virtual Shadowing Program

For centuries, medical students have learned how to care for patients partly by observing physicians practice medicine in real time. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed health care into uncharted territory, forcing medical education programs to discontinue in-person rotations and no longer host visiting students.

November 4, 2020

Spotlight on Surge Planning: OR and Procedural Teams

Kate Evangelista, DNP, CRNA, NEA-BC, Hugh Flanagan, MD, and David Keyes share details about our surge plans for the Operating Room (OR) and Procedural teams.

November 5, 2020

Safe Care Commitment Spotlight: Brigham Leaders Care

A new program called Brigham Leaders Care is enlisting hospital leaders to serve as Safe Care Commitment Ambassadors and promote behaviors that contribute to a safe environment.

October 30, 2020

Honoring Interpersonal Violence Awareness Month: Everyone Has the Right to Feel Safe

Staff from CCHHE, Brookside Community Health Center and Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center recently teamed up to help educate the public about interpersonal violence and how to receive support.

October 28, 2020

Spotlight on Surge Planning: Inpatient Care

Planning has been underway at the Brigham since the summer to ensure that we are prepared to respond to a potential second surge. In this new series, we will provide insights into our plans in a question-and-answer format. This week’s focus is inpatient planning and preparedness.

October 29, 2020
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Summit Tackles Tough Questions, Explores Inspiring Ways to Advance Equity and Racial Justice

Participants discussed various ways the Brigham can address racism in policies and practices, create more equitable systems and use a racial justice and equity lens with all of the institution's mission areas.

October 22, 2020
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Brigham Experts Share COVID-19 Experiences, Expertise in Harvard Course

Teaching history as it unfolds is no small feat, but several Brigham clinicians and researchers will do just that by sharing their experiences on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in a new Harvard University undergraduate course.

September 23, 2020
Brigham @ It’s Best landing page

Add Brigham @ Its Best to Your Phone: Easily Share Safe Care Commitment Comments

See something that needs to be fixed to ensure we have a safe and clean environment? Have an improvement idea related to the Safe Care Commitment? Be ready to share your comments in the moment by saving a shortcut to the Brigham @ Its Best app on your mobile device.

October 20, 2020

Safe Care Commitment Spotlight: Expanded COVID-19 Testing Team

Within 24 hours of an initial phone call with leaders at the Brigham, Broad Institute and the Cambridge Innovation Center, the hospital had an employee testing site up and running on Sept. 25. Since the site opened, the team has tested over 7,000 employees and received over 6,000 results.

October 1, 2020
Brigham staff wear Black Joy Day shirts

The Brigham Joins Boston Celebration of Black Joy Day on Sept. 12

Photographer and community activist Thaddeus Miles tries to find joy in most aspects of his life, and he encourages others to do the same. He is such a proponent of joy, in fact, that through his advocacy and determination, City Councilor Julia Mejia passed a resolution declaring Saturday, Sept. 12, Black Joy Day in the city of Boston.

September 11, 2020
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Safe Care Commitment Update: Mask Dispensers

The Brigham has been testing different methods for dispensing hospital masks at employee entrances to identify a permanent fixture that is safe, efficient and optimizes the flow of people entering the building.

September 22, 2020
Anthony Fauci

Fauci Joins Infectious Diseases Experts for Candid Reflections on COVID-19

“When you’re experiencing an outbreak, don’t ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic,” said Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a special HMS Medical Grand Rounds event as a distinguished guest lecturer on Sept. 10.

September 11, 2020
Brigham at night

Study: Analysis Finds ‘Near-Zero Incidence’ of Patients Acquiring COVID-19 at the Brigham

In a thorough analysis of all COVID-19 cases diagnosed after admission or shortly after discharge, the Brigham Infection Control team found that hospital-acquired infection was extremely rare, even at the height of the state’s pandemic.

September 9, 2020

‘Persevere and Maintain Hope’: Stepping Strong Runners Ready for Virtual Marathon

Seeking to curb the spread of COVID-19, city officials canceled the Boston Marathon this spring for the first time in the race’s 124-year history. But the pandemic could not dampen the indomitable spirit of the thousands of runners and wheelchair athletes who will participate in the first virtual Boston Marathon.

September 8, 2020
Masked people distributing food at hospital

Safe Care Commitment: Implementing Innovative Ideas

Earlier this summer, the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) partnered with the COVID-19 Operations Committee to launch a crowdsourcing website, called Safe Care Ideas, for Brigham Health staff to contribute suggestions to facilitate the Safe Care Commitment (SCC)

August 26, 2020

New Donning/Doffing HealthStream Course Launches Monday, Aug. 24

Proper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) are key to the protection of our staff and patients, and more critical than ever in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 19, 2020

In Memoriam: Noel Rose, MD, Department of Pathology

The Brigham community and Department of Pathology mourn the loss of Noel Rose, MD, who passed away July 30. He was 92.

August 17, 2020

After 600 Platelet Donations, ‘One Plus One’ Equals a Lifesaving Sum

For Bob Belluche, 82, making regular platelet donations at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center has come down to simple arithmetic.

August 11, 2020

In Memoriam: Laura Judge, MSN, BSN, RN, Division of Renal Medicine

The Brigham community mourns the loss of Laura Judge, MSN, BSN, RN, a nurse practitioner in the Renal Medicine Ambulatory Clinic, who died on July 22 of cancer. She was 61 years old.

August 11, 2020

Brigham Takes on Leadership Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

The COVE (Coronavirus Efficacy) study will enroll 30,000 participants at trial sites nationwide, including four locations at the Brigham, to evaluate mRNA-1273, a vaccine candidate manufactured by Cambridge pharmaceutical company Moderna, Inc.

July 29, 2020
US News Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Brigham Honored in U.S. News Best Hospital Rankings

Brigham and Women’s Hospital rose to No. 12 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 ranking of Best Hospitals, up one spot from last year’s annual Honor Roll rankings.

July 28, 2020

In Memoriam: Rhonda Manczurowsky, RN, Radiation Oncology

The Brigham community mourns the loss of Rhonda Manczurowsky, RN, of Radiation Oncology at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Manczurowsky died July 14 of mesothelioma. She was 54 years old.

July 24, 2020

In Memoriam: Michael O’Rourke, Department of Engineering

The Brigham community and the Department of Engineering mourn the loss of Michael O’Rourke, who passed away on June 9 after a brief illness.

July 1, 2020