Cassie Duran is a fighter. She’s fought through addictions and endured five high-risk pregnancies. She’s fought for custody of her kids, her health and her sobriety. When Cassie first reached out to BMC for help, Dr. Saia and the Project RESPECT team were there for her with addiction recovery support and obstetrics care.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared opioid abuse and overdose a growing epidemic. No one knows the magnitude of the problem better than the health care community, where we are seeing a steady increase of patients suffering from substance abuse disorders in our emergency departments, physician offices and community health centers. As a longtime leader in prevention, treatment and research around addiction, Boston Medical Center shares the urgency felt among all stakeholders—the medical community, patients’ families, elected officials, law enforcement—for more accessible and effective treatment options for those suffering from addiction.
The stigma of addiction is too often a barrier to treatment. That’s why we developed the OBAT program (Office Based Addiction Treatment)...
The stigma of addiction is too often a barrier to treatment. That’s why we developed the OBAT program (Office Based Addiction Treatment). It’s the only hospital-based program of its kind in New England treating patients with opioid addiction in a primary care setting—and it’s making a very real impact. In fact, when our patients receive care from their primary care doctor and nurse, they show a six-month success rate of 68 percent. Currently, BMC has 450 active patients and engages six to 10 new patients each week in its primary care clinics, as well as in BMC’s network of community health centers.
Every expectant mom deserves the best care. BMC’s pioneering RESPECT program offers critical medical and obstetric care to pregnant women struggling with addiction...
Every expectant mom deserves the best care. BMC’s pioneering RESPECT program offers critical medical and obstetric care to pregnant women struggling with addiction. In collaboration with local clinics, BMC offers an interdisciplinary treatment program involving high-risk obstetrical care, psychiatric evaluation and treatment, group counseling services and individual support for addiction recovery and labor coaching via the Birth Sisters program. The members of our on-site treatment team include two obstetricians, a clinical nurse specialist, a psychiatrist and a nurse case manager. In addition, we are the only obstetrical service in the greater Boston area providing buprenorphine treatment for opioid addiction.
Expanding and modernizing our Emergency Room (ER) isn’t just an important piece of unfinished business—it’s mission critical. BMC operates New England’s busiest Level 1 trauma center, and our ER was built to service only 70,000 visits a year, but sees more than 10,000 patients every month. Our new adult and pediatric emergency facility will be expanded to accommodate 130,000 visits per year, greatly improving both operational efficiency and the standard of care.
Our Maternity department is busier than ever, and our high-risk patient population makes obstetric care, labor and delivery and neonatal care especially challenging. BMC is creating brand new, fully updated inpatient and outpatient OB/GYN and maternity facilities. The end result will be a state-of-the-art facility focused on welcoming families and maximizing privacy and comfort.
With more than 50,000 patients per year, our Pediatrics waiting room is filled well beyond capacity and is not conducive to privacy or meeting the unique challenges our families face. With more examination rooms to increase traffic flow, meeting spaces for interdisciplinary teams to review cases, office space for coordinators and social workers, and improved waiting areas so children can link to important resources—the new design will ensure our patients’ needs are met.