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By adamg - 10/30/20 - 11:29 am

Brandon Bair, 32, a Jamaica Plain resident and emergency-room pharmacist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was arraigned yesterday on a variety of charges related to images allegedly found on one of his social-media accounts and discussions with another man in which they allegedly discussed raping the man's infant child, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 5/23/20 - 9:17 am

The Harvard Gazette interviews Dr. Druv Kazi, director of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Cardiac Critical Care Unit and associate director of the hospital’s Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology about a new study that suggests a number of the 5,000 extra deaths Massachusetts has seen over the past two months were not caused directly by Covid-19 but by other conditions people put off going to the hospital for because of Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/20 - 10:55 am

Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reported Friday that a review of the cases of 90 Covid-90 patients given hydroxychloroquine showed they were more likely to develop a heart condition that could become fatal - and that the effect was more pronounced when they were also given the president's other preferred drug, an antibiotic called azithromycin. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/20 - 9:36 am

John Krasinski and Big Papi host staffers from the Beth Israel Covid-19 unit at Fenway Park:

H/t Luba.

By adamg - 3/27/20 - 12:11 pm

WBUR interviews Dr. Molly Hayes, a pulmonologist and director of the medical ICU at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

The reports from other countries were that this was happening mostly to older people who had illnesses to begin with. But we are seeing in Boston that this is happening to younger people who don't really have any predisposing illnesses like cardiac disease or cancers.

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By adamg - 3/26/20 - 6:02 pm

A large group practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center informed its physicians today that it's ending its contribution to their retirement fund, which had been equivalent to roughly 10% of their salaries, on April 1. Read more.

By adamg - 1/11/18 - 7:18 pm
Map of proposed Beth Israel building location

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today filed plans with the BPDA to build a ten-story inpatient building on Brookline Avenue near the Riverway. Read more.

By adamg - 1/30/17 - 12:34 pm

A few days after Partners HealthCare announced plans to subsume Mass. Eye and Ear, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Lahey Clinic are announcing plans to merge, the Boston Business Journal reports.

By adamg - 10/7/15 - 2:23 pm

BIDMC's Flu Fighters Shake It Off

Flu-fighting staffers at Beth Israel get down to this. sick. beat.

H/t Nick McNulty.

By adamg - 6/25/14 - 7:49 am
Firefighters at Beth Israel

Firefighters at the hospital. Photo by C.D. See it larger.

Around 7:30 a.m., an electrical panel in the basement of Beth Israel's Feldberg building, 330 Brookline Ave., began to emit smoke. That's rarely a good thing; BFD dispatched firefighters to deal with the resulting small fire, which they did in short order - after shutting off the power.

By adamg - 3/12/14 - 8:07 am

Since December, four emergency-room doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have been experimenting with Google Glass - colored bright orange so patients would immediately know the glass would see them now.

Dr. John Halamka, hospital CIO, describes the pilot project and lessons learned - and recounts Dr. Steven Horng on one particular incident:

By adamg - 2/6/13 - 12:06 pm

Firefighters in hazmat uniforms are at 330 Brookline Ave., investigating a potential basement leak of ethylene oxide, used for sterilization. A crew went in around noon and found no readings for the stuff.

By adamg - 5/31/12 - 8:00 am

Kevin Wiles, Jr. posts a photo of a deer that somehow wound up in a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center bike cage today. Yes, in the medical area.

By adamg - 12/22/11 - 10:13 am

Dr. John Halamka at Beth Israel reports on his wife's diagnosis and plans - with her consent - to blog about her treatment:

Last Thursday, my wife Kathy was diagnosed with poorly differentiated breast cancer. She is not facing this alone. We're approaching this as a team, as if together we have cancer. She has been my best friend for 30 years. I will do whatever it takes to ensure we have another 30 years together.

By adamg - 5/16/11 - 7:14 am

John Halamka, in charge of network computing at both Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, considers recent public cloud outages (from Amazon to Blogger), says he remains optimistic about the basic concept, in part because:

Problems on centralized cloud architecture that is homogenous, well documented, and highly staffed will be more rapidly resolved than problems in distributed, poorly staffed one-off installations.

By adamg - 1/22/11 - 11:07 am

The Globe reports on Paul Levy's $1.6-million severance from Beth Israel Deaconess.

By adamg - 1/7/11 - 9:55 am

Paul Levy announces his resignation to medical-center staffers and readers of his blog.

By adamg - 12/10/10 - 10:17 am

Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have agreed to a new payment system with Blue Cross Blue Shield, in which they get paid a "global" amount based on their average number of patients, rather than per procedure - with bonuses for meeting certain quality and patient-satisfaction goals. Beth Israel CEO Paul Levy considers the effect on the medical center:

By adamg - 11/30/10 - 7:24 am

Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy discovers that sign, sign, everywhere a sign works well in songs, but not so well on hospital walls.

By adamg - 11/8/10 - 10:51 am

Last week, Paul Levy, CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, cited some work by the staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital to reduce the number of falls patients take in the hospital. Today, he notes his own staff have taken a different approach to the problem. And then he looks at a map of where the two hospitals are and wonders:

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