Boston Medical Center Doctors on Front Lines of COVID-19 Pandemic
Boston Medical Center
Five Stories from the Front Lines
For doctors at Boston Medical Center, who treat the city’s most vulnerable patients, every day is a sprint and a marathon as they race to save lives and work around the clock to contain the coronavirus pandemic
Since late February, once it became clear that Boston would not escape the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s hospitals have been preparing for the greatest patient surge in their history. Planned surgeries were canceled, workflows redesigned, doctors reassigned, and special clinics erected.
At Boston Medical Center (BMC), the city’s safety net hospital serving the most underserved, vulnerable patient populations, and home to one of the country’s busiest emergency departments, doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other staff are running both a sprint and a marathon. It is an all-hands-on-deck moment to help rescue a tidal wave of patients from a novel disease they know little about—and whose transmission can put their lives and their loved ones’ lives at risk.
In barely two months, in addition to admitting more than 180 patients with confirmed or possible cases of coronavirus, BMC has more than 100 employees who have tested positive for the disease. And the presumption is that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
BU Today talked with five BMC physicians—who also hold faculty positions at the Boston University School of Medicine—about working on the front lines, their efforts, fears, and frustrations, as well as their reasons for hope.
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