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Boston Magazine

Hospital provides the same exceptional care found in Boston

  • Date: 12/30/2010

Boston magazine's December issue recognizes Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham among the best community hospitals in Massachusetts. In its annual "Top Docs" issue, the magazine says BID-Needham is one of the facilities that "…deliver(s) the same exceptional medical care found in Boston," and has "…the diagnostic muscle of the big boys-without the gridlock."

The magazine points out that staying close to home can alleviate stress and increase the likelihood patients will receive timely follow-up care, something BID-Needham President and CEO Jeff Liebman says is one of the hospital's main missions. "We're always working hard to be sure area residents have access to the best health care possible in their community. We know the easier it is for patients to get to the doctor the more likely they are to come and that means a healthier community overall."

Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Penny Greenberg points to the high level of teamwork that always puts the patient first. "Because we're small and used to working together, communication flows easily." Greenberg goes on to say that daily rounds are a group affair: Nurses, plus a social worker, physical therapist, nutritionist, and spiritual adviser all weigh in. In a new wing of all-private rooms, call buttons ring to nurses' cell phones. As a result, the hospital has a near-zero rate of patients developing bedsores, an indicator of care quality.

The magazine also sites the advantages of BID-Needham's new state-of-the-art Emergency Department which is staffed by Emergency Department physicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). The layout of the new Emergency Department provides more patient privacy and easier access to care with 19 private treatment bays and new life-saving medical equipment, like ventilators, in treatment areas near the ambulance entrance. For those patients who need more critical care BID-Needham has rapid transport procedures in place to get patients to BIDMC quickly. In addition the hospital's new million-dollar MRI, CAT, and digital mammography suite is electronically linked to BIDMC allowing specialists to give a second opinion if needed.

BID-Needham Specialists Named Boston magazine's "Top Docs"

Several specialists on staff at BID-Needham have been honored with making Boston magazine's "Top Docs" listing. They are:
Cardiovascular Disease: Dr. Joseph Kannam; Hand Surgery: Dr. Arnold Savenor; Medical Oncology: Dr. Glenn Bubley; Plastic Surgery: Dr. Sumner A. Slavin; Urology: Dr. Anurag K. Das.

"It is an honor to be on the list," commented Dr. Arnold Savenor. "It's nice to be recognized by my colleagues who recommend me to their friends and family."

This year's Boston magazine "Top Doctors" list was taken from a survey conducted by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, a healthcare researcher that also publishes "America's Top Doctors," a guide to the country's top 1% of medical specialists. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected. Castle Connolly's physician-led research team uses mail and phone surveys and electronic ballots to ask physicians and the medical leadership of leading hospitals to identify highly skilled and exceptional doctors.