Brigham and Women's Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a merger of three of Harvard Medical School’s oldest and most prominent teaching facilities: the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and the Boston Hospital for Women. Established in 1980, it’s located in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a vibrant city that’s also home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Pops, and of course the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
With 793 beds and a staff of 15,000, Brigham treats an average of 46,000 inpatients per year, along with handling more than 3.5 million ambulatory and 754,000 outpatient visits. Nearly 10,000 babies are born here each year, and the hospital performs around 28,500 surgical procedures annually. Over 1400 physicians populate the hospital’s active medical staff.
This renowned medical center features five centers of excellence. The Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center treats patients with breast, cutaneous, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, and thoracic cancers, and covers hematologic and neuro-oncology, hematology, and sarcoma as well. Clinical services in this center include infusion, inpatient care, pain and palliative care, pathology, psychosocial and radiation oncology, radiology, stem cell/bone marrow transplant, and surgery.
The hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center includes the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center for advanced heart disease and also boasts the Brigham Cardiac Valve Center, which offers a cardiac arrhythmia service, a cardiovascular wellness service, and clinical cardiovascular services. In addition, it hosts evaluation and treatment programs for aortic and structural heart disease and cardiovascular genetics.
Within Brigham’s Neurosciences Institute, the Department of Neurology covers general and global neurology, neuro-oncology, cognitive and behavioral neurology, epilepsy and seizure disorders, headache and facial pain, movement and sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis and neuro-immunology, neuroinfectious and neuromuscular diseases, neurocritical care, and neuro-ophthalmology. The accompanying departments focus on neurosurgery, psychiatry, and radiology.
The Orthopedic and Arthritis Center is subdivided as well. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery handles conditions of the foot and ankle, hand and upper extremities, and shoulder and spine; cartilage repair, joint replacement, orthopedic trauma and oncology, and podiatry; plus sports medicine and women’s sports medicine. Additional divisions cover rheumatology, musculoskeletal imaging, and rehabilitation services.
Finally, the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health comprises several sub-centers and programs dealing with numerous subspecialties. These include fetal medicine and prenatal genetics, gynecology special services, general obstetrics, infertility, maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, and uro-gynecology, among others. Services are also provided for related physical and emotional health issues such as domestic violence and menopause.
The hospital’s full array of support services includes chaplaincy, care coordination, family liaison and ethics services, a library, nutrition, nursing, a pharmacy, social work, security, and patient/family relations.
Brigham tailors a one-day core preventive healthcare service to busy executives and VIPs. Along with diagnostic tests and studies, patients in this Executive Health Program receive a one-on-one session with a board-certified internist and a comprehensive physical checkup for a convenient and complete health status assessment.
U.S. News & World Report regularly ranks Brigham among the nation’s top ten hospitals. It also ranks the facility in the US top ten for certain specialty areas; in 2016 these included cardiology and heart surgery, cancer, and gynecology.
Brigham’s well-established International Program facilitates the admissions process and coordination of all patient appointments with hospital specialists for diagnosis, consultations, and medical procedures, as well as second-opinion and telemedicine consultations.
The International Program can also arrange executive health exams, make appointments for patients’ family members desiring preventive or routine medical care, and offer guidance and support with home care services. Complete cost estimates and consolidation of invoices from different care providers are offered, as well as advance financial and billing arrangements.
Brigham’s liaisons can arrange for interpretation in 30 languages, ground or air ambulance, airport pickup and other transportation, long-term lodging or hotel accommodation for patients and families, and private duty nurses or nurse assistants. For patients seeking first-class lodging during their medical care, the well-appointed Shapiro Cardiovascular Center Pavilion and the Shapiro Tower Pavilion feature amenities and expansive private rooms with a level of comfort comparable to fine hotels.
Personal attendants are available to assist patients with appointments and specialized procedures, and the hospital also provides VIP concierge services for dining, shopping, sightseeing, and special Boston-area events.
Brigham supplies meals for those with special dietary requirements, and the International Program team can make arrangements for special cultural and religious needs. The hospital’s liaisons serve consulates, embassies, foreign governments, and individual patients from around the globe.
Last updated on 11 January 2017
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