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10/08/2015: Emergency department CT scans can change physicians’ diagnoses and management decisions

A study from the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment finds that, after viewing CT scan results, physicians in the emergency departments of four major academic medical centers made key changes in clinical decision-making for patients with symptoms frequently seen in emergency rooms.

07/21/2015: #1 in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report has named Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

07/02/2015: Firework Safety: How to Keep Kids Safe on the 4th

Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains how to keep kids safe around fireworks on the 4th of July.

06/17/2015: Mass. General Hospital physicians write of their experiences in Nepal earthquake relief

Two Massachusetts General Hospital physicians who participated in the international response to the major earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May each describe their experiences in Perspectives articles receiving Online First publication today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

06/12/2015: Trauma preparedness: Teaching the teachers

On June 3, trauma surgeon David King, MD provided training and equipment 
to prepare teachers at St. John's School for a potential crisis in the classroom.

06/05/2015: Leading the charge in stroke care

The MGH Acute Stroke Care Team was honored at the MGH Acute Stroke Gala Breakfast.

05/22/2015: Computerized vital signs analysis may help trauma patients

Automated analysis of the vital signs commonly monitored in patients transported to trauma centers could significantly improve the ability to diagnose life-threatening bleeding before patients arrive at the hospital

05/14/2015: Computerized vital signs analysis may help prevent trauma patients from bleeding to death

A team led by investigators from MGH and the U.S. Army successfully field tested a system that analyzed patient vital signs during emergency transport in a fully automated fashion, finding that such a system could diagnose those with life-threatening bleeding before they arrive at the hospital, potentially saving lives.

03/13/2015: Bariatric surgery appears to cut risks for serious asthma-related events

A study led by MGH investigators suggests that bariatric surgery can significantly reduce the risk of asthma attacks – also called exacerbations – in obese patients with asthma.

02/09/2015: New pediatric Emergency Department opens

The newly-renovated emergency department (ED) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) offers a welcoming space meant just for children and their families.

01/30/2015: Pediatric Emergency Department Delivers Better Experience for Patients

In the pediatric Emergency Department, a welcoming space meant just for children and their families awaits.

10/17/2014: Study finds inconsistent achievement of guidelines for acute asthma care in hospital EDs

A study comparing the care delivered to patients coming to hospital emergency departments for acute asthma attacks in recent years with data gathered more than 15 years earlier finds that, while achievement of most guidelines defining appropriate pharmacologic treatments for particular patients improved, hospitals did less well in meeting several other guidelines.

10/15/2014: MGH and MIT form strategic partnership to address major challenges in clinical medicine

A novel partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology is addressing three major challenges in clinical medicine – improving the diagnosis of disease, developing new approaches to prevent and treat infectious and autoimmune diseases, and developing more accurate methods of diagnosing and treating major neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

10/03/2014: Vitamin D supplements significantly improve symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis in children

A study conducted in more than 100 Mongolian schoolchildren found that daily treatment with a vitamin D supplement significantly reduced the symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema.

10/03/2014: Calling all runners to the 2015 Boston Marathon

The MGH is now accepting applications for the 119th Boston Marathon, which will be held on April 20, 2015.

09/12/2014: Emergency Medicine recognized as HMS academic department

Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at HMS, announced in August, that after an in-depth review, HMS will establish a new academic Department of Emergency Medicine effective Oct. 1.

08/19/2014: Repeat ED visits for acute heart failure suggest need for better outpatient care

Almost one-third of acute heart failure syndrome patients seen in hospital emergency departments in Florida and California during 2010 had ED visits during the following year, findings that suggest a lack of appropriate outpatient care.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

05/14/2014: Mass General recognized for stroke care

Massachusetts General Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. These awards, sponsored by the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association, recognize hospitals that provide the highest quality stroke care.

04/18/2014: Why we run

MGH marathon runners — in their own words

03/11/2014: Patients with repeat ED visits for opioid overdose more likely to be hospitalized, require respiratory support

A study conducted by MGH investigators found that patients brought to hospital emergency departments more than once in a year for treatment of opioid drug overdoses are more likely to be hospitalized for overdose and to need respiratory support with a mechanical ventilator. The study also identified factors that increased the risk of subsequent overdoses requiring emergency department visits.

02/28/2014: Nurses on the run

Six nurses on the Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit are planning to run the 2014 Boston Marathon – five for charity teams and one as a qualified runner.

07/26/2013: David Brown named new Emergency Medicine chief

David Brown, MD, current vice chair of the MGH Department of Emergency Medicine, has been selected as the department’s next chief.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

04/26/2013: In the wake of tragedy

Partners HealthCare has announced it is committing $1 million to the newly created One Fund Boston to help the families who lost loved ones and the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. This donation is made in honor and recognition of the employees of the Partners HealthCare system who live and work in this community and dedicate themselves every day to our mission, enabling its hospitals to deliver some of the best patient care in the world.

04/19/2013: Boston Marathon tragedy: MGHers respond

Boston Marathon tragedy: MGHers respond

01/15/2013: Advanced Airway Procedures for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Associated With Poorer Neurological Outcomes

In patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation with advanced airway management was a significant predictor of poor neurological outcome compared with conventional bag-valve-mask ventilation.

11/19/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Launches Online National Emergency Room Locator

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) announced the launch of, a national emergency room locator which provides the most accurate and up-to-date information on emergency departments in the United States.

09/13/2012: Mass General Physician Reports from Benghazi, Libya

Thomas F. Burke, MD, chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General was working in Benghazi, Libya, to help establish medical training and infrastructure. He provides his perspective and experience during the recent tragic attacks on the U.S. Embassy.

08/28/2012: Students in the Field: A blog excerpt from Whitman College student Andrew Roehrig working in Kenya.

Under the guidance of Thomas F. Burke MD, the Innovations, technologies, and health transformation in Africa program brings students in the Harvard Summer Program to Kisumu, Kenya, to explore diverse approaches aimed at fostering transformative and sustainable healthcare improvements in Africa.

08/24/2012: Study shows vitamin D decreases risk of respiratory infections in children

An MGH-led study of Mongolian schoolchildren supports the possibility that daily vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of respiratory infections in winter.

08/20/2012: Vitamin D supplementation can decrease risk of respiratory infections in children

A study conducted in Mongolian schoolchildren, all of whom had low blood levels of vitamin D at the start of the study, found that vitamin D supplementation cut the risk of respiratory infections in half.

07/25/2012: CT angiography speeds emergency diagnosis of heart disease in low-risk patients

Incorporating coronary CT angiography into the initial evaluation of low-risk patients coming to hospital emergency departments with chest pain appears to reduce the time patients spend in the hospital without incurring additional costs or exposing patients to significant risks.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

05/11/2012: Widening inequality in Boston and beyond

Charlotte Kahn, co-founder and director of the Boston Indicators Project, revealed some unsettling local statistics – including that Suffolk County is among the top 50 most unequal counties in the nation – in her presentation, “Widening Income Inequality and its Effects on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Boston and Beyond,” April 27 in the Ether Dome.

01/27/2012: Responding to sexual exploitation

STAFF AT THE MGH play a crucial role in the lives of their patients.

08/10/2011: Could an 'ankle hotline' relieve strain on health care demands?

MGH investigators suggest that – since strains and sprains, which account for over a third of lower extremity injuries treated at emergency departments, are not life-threatening – telephone triage and scheduled care appointments might be a better use of precious emergency healthcare resources.

07/22/2011: In General: 07.22.11

In General awards and honors

07/15/2011: On the move

After years of planning and preparation, two departments – the Central Sterile Processing and Supply (CSPS) Unit and the Sumner M. Redstone Emergency Department (ED) – celebrated their transition into new spaces in the Lunder Building with ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

05/23/2011: iPhone Application Developed by Mass. General Researchers Aids First Responders in Georgia

Georgia paramedic Lt. Jeff Lisle uses iPhone application created by Mass. General researchers to transport seriously injured patient.

05/13/2011: Care for Japan

MGH Hotline 5.13.11 Fewer than 36 hours after Japan suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, three MGH physicians were en route to the country to aid in relief efforts.

04/08/2011: Emergency Department renovates and expands to Lunder Building

Each year, more than 90,000 patients come to the MGH for care through the Emergency Department (ED).

04/08/2011: In General: 2011 HMS Mentoring Awards and Patricia Donahoe, MD

In General awards and honors

04/01/2011: Seconds count

MGH Hotline 4.1.11 From the time a person first experiences symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath or chest discomfort, to the time he or she undergoes cardiac catheterization -- a procedure used to diagnose and treat a blocked coronary artery -- every second is of utmost importance.

03/18/2011: Assisting in Japan

MGH Hotline 3.18.11 On March 11, the northeast coast of Japan suffered a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and destructive tsunami, resulting in the deaths of 5,178 people to date, more than 8,600 missing and the evacuation of 380,000 Japanese from the devastated areas.

02/18/2011: Lunder Building to “Go Live” this summer

MGH Hotline 2.18.11 In preparation for the summertime transition of several hospital programs and services to the Lunder Building, the MGH Go Live Group for the new facility was established under the auspices of Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration.

01/21/2011: Help for their homeland

MGH Hotline 1.21.11

11/11/2010: From lab bench to the battlefield

At the MGH, a team of scientists led by Hasan Alam, MD, an MGH trauma surgeon and director of research for the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, is developing novel tools, techniques and treatments to help save the lives of soldiers traumatically injured on the battlefield.

10/15/2010: The essence of service

MGH Hotline 10.15.10 Named in honor of Ernesto González, MD -- an MGH dermatologist, director of the MGH International Training Program and one who has dedicated much of his life to serving those in need -- the Ernesto González Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community is presented each year as part of Latino Heritage Month at the MGH.

09/24/2010: Emergency preparedness at home and work

MGH Hotline 9.24.10 In May 2010, a water main break in Weston disrupted the lives of millions of Massachusetts residents accustomed to easy access to clean drinking water.

06/11/2010: Silver Anniversary

MGH Hotline 6.11.10 WHAT BEGAN more than 25 years ago as a single helicopter that brought trauma patients to tertiary care facilities has developed -- with the collaboration of a consortium of six Boston-area hospitals, including the MGH -- into a fully integrated, regionalized system of critical care air and ground transport linking the sickest patients to the vital resources they need.

01/08/2010: Addressing the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa

MGH Hotline 01.08.10 The MGH Division of Global Health and Human Rights, the Departments of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, and MassGeneral Hospital for Children welcomed journalist, scientist and public health consultant Helen Epstein, PhD, for a Dec. 10 discussion of her experience studying the proliferation of HIV/AIDS on the African continent.

01/01/2010: Partners HealthCare Flu Team helps viewers

MGH Hotline 1.1.10 Once a week, Boston-area television viewers and web users will have the opportunity to obtain the latest information on the flu by chatting live on with a Partners HealthCare expert as part of a collaborative public health campaign from Partners, WHDH-TV 7 NBC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

12/04/2009: MGH volunteer helps save local boy

MGH Hotline 12.04.09 Greg Walsh, an MGH volunteer, was walking home along Charles Street when he first heard the cries.

06/19/2009: Flying high

MGH Hotline 6.1.09 In critical care medicine, minutes matter. Since 1985, Boston MedFlight has provided high-quality, rapid emergency care services to patients throughout New England, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

02/23/2009: Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of colds, flu

Vitamin D may be an important way to arm the immune system against disorders like the common cold, report investigators from the University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Children’s Hospital Boston.

01/09/2009: Emergency preparedness: Would you be ready for a disaster?

MGH Hotline 010909: Several major ice storms already have hit Massachusetts this winter, leaving thousands without electricity for days on end. Would you be ready for such a situation or an emergency of another type?

01/12/2008: Filling the ER Void

The number of physicians with board certification in emergency medicine is unlikely to meet the staffing needs of U.S. emergency departments in the foreseeable future, if ever.

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