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BIDMC Surgical Residents Team with Saint Vincent

A pledge to be the best healthcare program in Worcester just got stronger

WORCESTER -- A pledge to be the best healthcare program in Worcester just got stronger - thanks to a new affiliation between Saint Vincent Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

That was the shared message from leaders of both healthcare institutions, who celebrated the new academic affiliation with an event featuring Congressman James McGovern. The relationship between Saint Vincent and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center represents the first Harvard Medical School surgical residency program to be affiliated with a Worcester hospital.

"Our patients and their families have come to expect nothing short of superior care at Saint Vincent Hospital," said John Smithhisler, CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital. "In that tradition, we have enhanced our patient care delivery by affiliating with the world-class programs at Beth Israel Deaconess."

In July, a full complement of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's surgical residents (including two chief residents) began at Saint Vincent Hospital where they will work side by side with Saint Vincent's 101 other residents in a variety of programs, from emergency medicine to cardiology. This in addition to existing Saint Vincent programs such as community health services and preventive care. Currently, BIDMC surgical residents are selected from among the top medical students graduating each year.

This is the latest in a series of key partnerships between Saint Vincent Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The emergency department and radiation therapy department at Saint Vincent Hospital are staffed by the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

"In addition to its long-standing tradition as a teaching hospital, Saint Vincent provides our residents with the breadth of experience they will need as they prepare to practice in a variety of clinical settings," said Josef Fischer, MD, William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery at BIDMC and Chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons.

The affiliation represents the latest move by Saint Vincent Hospital to ensure Worcester is a seat for unsurpassed healthcare services, according to McGovern.

"In the past, some patients in Central Massachusetts thought they had to go east to Boston for the best health care," said McGovern. "As someone who was born in Worcester and has received most of my healthcare from clinicians in this city, it is fantastic to see that programs such as Beth Israel Deaconess recognize the high-quality care Saint Vincent delivers and are now coming west to participate in an outstanding surgical residency program."

Saint Vincent Hospital is a 348 bed acute care hospital located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Saint Vincent offers a variety of specialty care centers including laparoscopic surgery, cardiovascular medicine including open heart surgery, cancer medicine, family centered maternal and child health services, general and vascular surgery, modern intensive care centers, neurosurgery, psychiatric services, orthopedics, and advanced diagnostic service. An extensive array of outpatient services including same day surgery, radiation oncology and a pain clinic are also available.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a 591 bed acute care hospital located in the heart of Boston. A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is renowned for excellence in patient care, biomedical research, teaching and community service. It ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.