Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

27

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

6

BMC Inpatients Under Investigation (pending + negatives treated as positives) 

5

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,107 (6 new since 3/17)

Massachusetts Cases

584,024

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

NEW: Expanded Vaccine Eligibility Criteria for BMC Patients

As of today, March 24, we have expanded criteria for vaccine eligibility for BMC patients. Ambulatory clinics will see this reflected in the BPA/HM topic, so BMC patients that fall into this category will appear eligible in Epic. New criteria include:

  • Patients aged 55-64 years of age
  • Patients with one potential high-risk comorbidity. In addition to the previously announced comorbidity criteria, eligible conditions include:
    • Stroke
    • Hypertension
    • Smoking
    • Cerebrovascular disease
    • Dementia
    • Pulmonary fibrosis
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Thalassemia
    • Chronic liver disease

Please direct eligible patients who are at BMC for in-person visits and want to be vaccinated to either the Dowling or 85 East Concord vaccination site. Virtual health patients must call 617-638-9500 to schedule an appointment.

REMINDER: All BMC Employees and LIPs Must Follow BMC Travel Policy

Effective March 22, Massachusetts has downgraded the statewide travel order to a travel advisory. BMC employees and licensed independent practitioners (LIPs) should continue to follow the BMC travel policy, updated on March 15, which sets out requirements for testing and quarantine after travel for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

The employee daily symptom screener will continue to include questions on both domestic and international travel.

UPDATED: Hear from Your Colleagues About Why They Chose to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are the best tool we have to protect ourselves, our patients, and our communities, but we know that some people may still have questions and concerns about the vaccine. Click here to hear from BMC employees about why they decided to receive the vaccine, and please share the videos on BMC.org with your friends and family. New videos are available from:

  • Thea James, MD, vice president of mission and associate chief medical officer
  • Alejandra Alvarez (in Spanish), MD, emergency medicine resident
  • Wendy Kuohung, MD, director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility
  • Kettie Louis, NP, obstetrics and gynecology
  • Glory Ruiz, director of public health programs
  • Kaylyn Campbell, RN, MICU A

NEW: Reflecting on One Year of COVID

Watch Nancy Gaden, Chief Nursing Officer, reflect on the past year and the incredible collaboration, compassion, and hard work of everyone at BMC to care for our patients and the community.

NEW: Changes to Attending Physician Involvement Requirements for Inpatient Care

During the COVID-19 surge, BMC approved an attestation where the attending physician could state that they did not directly see and examine the patient for public health measures and preservation of PPE. Due to our current COVID-19 inpatient census and our adequate supply of PPE, this attestation should no longer be used and has been removed from Epic.  

In order to ensure that clinical care is delivered with appropriate attending involvement, attending physicians must interact directly with the patient and perform the appropriate examination.