Dear Colleagues,

Moment of Silence for the Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary

As we grapple with the current COVID-19 crisis, we want to recognize that tomorrow, April 15, marks the seven year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. At 2:49 p.m. tomorrow, BMC will announce a moment of silence over the loudspeakers to acknowledge the time the first bomb went off at the finish line. Whether you are on campus or at home, all employees are invited to participate in this moment of silence as we remember everyone affected by the events of that day and honor our collective healthcare community who, as evidenced once again by this current pandemic, rises to every challenge we face to care for those in need. 

UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 14

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

179

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

46

BMC Employees/Providers who have tested positive:

159

United States

579,005

Massachusetts

28,163

Click to see up-to-date city, state, and national numbers: Boston | Massachusetts  | United States

UPDATE: Surge Planning

In an effort to continue to create capacity to meet inpatient demand, 6 East is now available for treating COVID patients. Non-COVID patients have been decanted to Moakley.  Thank you to everyone involved in this effort!

NEW: Clinical Staff Need for COVID Recuperation Unit at East Newton Pavilion

While our inpatient and ICU areas at BMC continue to surge, we are looking for staff from other areas of the hospital who are interested in working at our COVID Recuperation Unit (CRU) at East Newton.  The CRU is caring for homeless patients testing COVID positive to remove them from the general shelter population and blunt the spread of disease. The CRU will also serve as a recovery shelter for homeless patients discharged from BMC to allow earlier discharge and maintain flow through the hospital.

Although we are in need for staff in all roles and shifts, we have a particular need for RNs, medical assistants and operations staff for overnight and weekend shifts at the CRU. We would appreciate you sharing these opportunities within your personal network.  Any interested BMC staff and external candidates should email [email protected].  Given the need to staff up quickly, we have an expedited process for interested external candidates. 

NEW: One-on-One Integrative Wellness Sessions for Employees with Dr. Scarlet Soriano MD, ABIHM

We are now offering complementary, one-on-one integrative medicine wellness sessions over Zoom for BMC employees. These 20-minute sessions are open to BMC employees who are interested in tools to improve health and wellbeing during these challenging times. These individual sessions will be held on Monday and Wednesday mornings between 9 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. Sessions are available in English and Spanish. 

Employees can learn about nutrition strategies to boost immune health, mind-body tools for relaxation and cultivating resilience, ways to improve sleep, simple breathing techniques for stress reduction, among other topics. These sessions are not focused on mental health diagnoses, though the tools can benefit overall wellbeing including mind, body, and spirit. Please contact Dr. Soriano directly at [email protected] to set up your Zoom session.

NEW: Refresh Station for Employees Wednesday, April 15

In recognition of everyone’s tireless efforts on behalf of our patients and each other, there will be a “refresh station” available for employees on the balcony of the Menino lobby tomorrow, April 15, from 2-5 p.m. All staff are welcome to come through the station (which will be set up with appropriate social distancing) for a quick break and to grab a treat. 

There will be a series of these refresh stations over the course of the coming weeks on different days and times, including several upcoming weekends.  Stay tuned for more information and thank you!

REMINDER: Visitor Policy for All Hospital Areas

As a reminder, to protect the health of patients and staff, we have put into place visitor restrictions throughout the hospital.

There are no visitors permitted on the inpatient units and the Emergency Department. The only inpatient exceptions are Labor and Delivery where one pre-approved visitor is allowed, and for compassionate end of life situations. Please note this change, as we are no longer seeing Pediatric inpatients.

There are no visitors allowed in any Ambulatory clinic with two exceptions:

  • A parent accompanying a child who has an appointment
  • A caregiver accompanying a patient who is disabled, elderly, or otherwise needs a caregiver

If a visitor exception is approved for any area, the visitor will be screened and will not be permitted to visit if they have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Visitors under 18 are still prohibited from visiting any patients.

REMINDER: Guidelines for Food Donations

Anyone who wishes to donate food to BMC staff should email [email protected] to coordinate the donation. All food donations must be individually wrapped.

New Addition to the Bulletin

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we'll be sharing content at the bottom of the daily Bulletin to help keep you connected to the broad work taking place across BMC. These stories and posts – including quick video insights, social media posts, and content on our thought leadership platform – HealthCity – feature BMC subject matter experts and highlight the incredible work our colleagues are doing in the face of COVID-19.

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VIDEO: Support Services Insights on Resource Deployment

Checking in with some members of our night shift!

Pictured here: Drs Gilman and Soni enjoy donated food on a break (yum), nurse Taylor and Dr. Patel see patients with possible covid-19, a few MDs, PAs, NPs keep morale up posing for a photo, and Dr. Noronha (one of several primary care physicians who have stepped up to assist with covid-19 inpatient care) smiles behind his mask.