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Social Work

Illness and hospitalization can be a stressful and challenging time for patients and their families. At BIDMC, we have professional social workers, community resource specialists and advocates who can help patients and families with the emotional and practical issues that may arise during an illness.

March is National Social Work Month

Click here to see all the accomplishments that social workers have made at BIDMC and in the greater community.

Pictured: Diane Patrick, Lisa Hartwick, CVPR Director and Barbara Sarnoff Lee, Social Work Director

Social Work Staff in the news:

On Thursday, March 6, 2008, BIDMC celebrated The Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery's (CVPR) 10th anniversary, and more than 33 years of achievements as an institution in preventing violence and helping those who are touched by it.

The Center responds to those victimized across various forms of interpersonal violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault and community violence. The Center also provides services and resources to advocates through an innovative initiative -The Advocate Education and Support Project.


After an introduction by Undersecretary of Public Safety Mary Beth Heffernan, former Director of Government Relations at BIDMC, Massachusetts First Lady Diane Patrick gave a moving account of her own struggles with domestic abuse during her first marriage and emphasized the importance of the work of programs like the CVPR.

"Lessons in Humanity" Front page Story in the Boston Globe, 2007

After a tragic accident claimed his wife and child, Mr. C. quit his job, sold his belongings and took to the streets of Boston. Although Mr. C had a history of some alcohol abuse and run-in's with the law, he was not your stereotypical homeless man.  When he found out he was dying, his med/surg social worker, Sarah Porell, LICSW helped him with his end of life care, finding him healthcare and hospice.  This story is about what he gave back to both staff and other homeless citizens.

"A Lesson in Courage" Kevin Cullin story from the Boston Globe December 13, 2007

This is a story about a father fighting cancer and homelessness in order to stay alive for his young son.  Gregg Fine, MD, Frank McCaffrey, LICSW Social Worker  and Laura Brigham, Community Resource Specialist from Hematology Oncology, bring the plight of a loving father's struggles with his illness to the media.

Driving safety is a public health issue that is paramount in the context of an aging society.  Learn about BIDMC's DriveWise Program featuring Lissa R. Kapust, LICSW Social Worker in Behavioral Neurology , in this story from WBZ News.

Contact Information

Social Work Department
Beth Israel Deacones Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-3421
Fax: 617-667-8701