At just 31, Selena was diagnosed with colon cancer and Lynch Syndrome: a rare genetic condition that puts her at increased risk of recurrence and developing other cancers. It was devastating news, but as a mother to two small children and with a burgeoning career, Selena was determined to survive.
Selena needed to know she wasn’t alone, but often felt like an outsider at support groups she attended because of her age. We noticed, and went to work creating a way for Selena and survivors like her to share their experiences. Today she’s thriving, not only as a participant in our Young Adult Initiative, but as one of its leaders. Selena’s story is unique, but our approach to helping her is universal. We’re dedicated to being there for all of our patients with the moral support and services they need to thrive in the face of cancer.
Every year, our staff, cancer patients and the community come together for our Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care event (www.bmccatwalk.org), a night of fashion and fun to raise money and awareness for our cancer support services.
Every year, our staff, cancer patients and the community come together for our Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care event (www.bmccatwalk.org), a night of fashion and fun to raise money and awareness for our cancer support services. The evening features local designers creating and styling fashions for the runway, modeled by local celebrities, BMC staff and most importantly—cancer survivors we’ve had the privilege to care for.
We believe every path to healing should be available to our patients, whether they need help managing the stress of their treatment or just a little bit of pampering.
We believe every path to healing should be available to our patients, whether they need help managing the stress of their treatment or just a little bit of pampering. We offer a wide range of Complementary Cancer Support Services, including alternative approaches to managing side effects, such as yoga and acupuncture. We also provide free spa days through Elizabeth Grady Salons for men and women who have completed treatment, as a reward for what they have courageously endured.
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.