Ten years ago Dante’s chances of survival were nearly as small as he was. Born 13 weeks early, and weighing less than two pounds, he spent nearly two months in BMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, reeling from the effects of pre-natal drug exposure. But little by little, before our eyes Dante kept gaining weight and healing until he was strong enough to go home. He was tiny, but he was born a fighter.
For the tiny arrival Dante once was, we consider him one of our biggest triumphs. We’ve been there for every step in his journey—from caring for him in his earliest most vulnerable moments in our NICU, to providing ongoing support for him and his family through our Comprehensive Care Program. We’re committed to pioneering programs designed to meet the complex needs of Boston’s low-income, medically and socially vulnerable families so that every child facing challenges like Dante’s can succeed.
Like Dante, many of BMC’s pediatric patients are highly compromised, dealing with chronic medical conditions such as developmental disabilities and neurological issues. Providing exceptional care to these patients requires a different, unique approach.
Like Dante, many of BMC’s pediatric patients are highly compromised, dealing with chronic medical conditions such as developmental disabilities and neurological issues. Providing exceptional care to these patients requires a different, unique approach. Our Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) is one of only a handful of programs in the nation dedicated to caring for the most fragile, medically complex children. Staffed by specialists and patient navigators who guide families through the services they need to care for their sick children, CCP helps approximately 500 children each year, from ages newborn to 21.
We specialize in helping women with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and other serious health issues deliver healthy babies. Often, these babies are born prematurely and require specialized, lifesaving care.
We specialize in helping women with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and other serious health issues deliver healthy babies. Often, these babies are born prematurely and require specialized, lifesaving care. Roughly 10% of all babies born at BMC are transferred to our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a much higher percentage than other area hospitals. Our world-class team includes neonatologists and pediatric experts, as well as specialists in social services, physical therapy, case management, pediatric pharmacology and nutrition.
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.