Base Hospital: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
The Emergency Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is the primary site for the BIDMC Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency.
BIDMC, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is internationally recognized for excellence in patient care, biomedical research, teaching, and community service. It is a Level I Trauma Center and a major adult tertiary referral center for New England, as well as being a primary hospital for the surrounding communities.
BIDMC is located in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area in Boston, next to Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Among independent teaching hospitals, BIDMC ranks third nationwide in NIH funds and this funding has been growing at a rate of twenty percent per year for the past three years. It is the only hospital in Massachusetts named to the Nation's "Top 100 in Interventional Cardiology."
The BIDMC Emergency Department cares for both non-critical and serious medical and surgical adult patients. The annual patient census is approximately 57,000, with thirty percent of these patients requiring hospitalization after treatment and seven percent requiring admission to intensive care units. Three percent of these patients are taken directly to the operating suite following resuscitation. BIDMC is a consortium member of Boston Medflight, a critical care air transport service for New England. Through this membership, trauma patients are directed to the hospital on a rotating basis. The Department also provides medical control for the Advanced Life Support programs for several surrounding community EMS systems. The Department provides the only weekly EMS morbidity and mortality conference in the region.
Emergency Medicine attendings and residents provide emergency care during all Boston Red Sox home games and Fenway Park special events.
The BIDMC Emergency Department is a modern, 23,000 square foot facility that offers the latest in ED technology. Some of the new technological components include PACs, a system for rapidly sharing digital radiology images via computer instead of film, and a dedicated 64-slice CT scanner. There is also an innovative ED Dashboard which is a computerized patient tracking and electronic medical record system which CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Wired magazine have all spotlighted.