2012 Donor Impact Report
Support from our donors made 2012 an eventful year at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Unrestricted philanthropy provides flexible funding that can be directed wherever it is needed most like clinical care, medical research or medical education.The three examples described in this report represent only a few examples of the many initiatives and innovations made possible by donors like you.
Clinical Care: Donors help us revolutionize the patient experience at the BreastCare Center
The screening, diagnosis and treatment of benign and cancerous breast conditions can involve many time-consuming steps - and appointments with specialists at multiple locations. At BIDMC, the BreastCare Center's diagnostic imaging and surgical services are currently housed on two different floors. A project now in the pre-design phase will renovate the BreastCare Center to house these services, and provide just one entry point and registration area. Our vision is to integrate services at a high-level, which will add value, eliminate steps, and enable patients to spend their time at BIDMC focused on their care and treatment.
Medical Research: Donors bring real hope to the race against Alzheimer's.
In Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, a protein in the brain that controls memory and brain functioning, transforms into a destructive counterpart that destroys brain cells. Now a novel technology developed at BIDMC provides the first clear distinction between the two forms, demonstrating that only the destructive form is found in the brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. The findings raise the possibility that the development of vaccines that target only the disease-causing form of this protein could be used to diagnose, treat, and potentially even prevent Alzheimer's.
Medical Education: Donors help train future surgeons in cutting edge robotic-assisted procedures
Last May, BIDMC offered the first-ever course in New England on the use of state-of-the-art robotic systems to perform complex and delicate laparoscopic procedures. The systems provide levels of 3-D visualization, precision, dexterity and control impossible to attain through conventional surgery. Patients who opt for robotic surgery receive the benefits of less blood loss, reduced pain, shortened hospital stays and faster recoveries.
BIDMC's course attracted residents, fellows, and attending surgeons from throughout New England and beyond. The feedback following our hands-on sessions was overwhelmingly positive. With continued donor support, BIDMC plans to offer this acclaimed training course in robotic surgery again next year.
Thank you, again, for supporting the Annual Fund and ensuring that patients continue to receive the compassionate, advanced care they expect, and deserve, from a major medical center like BIDMC.