FIRST PHASE: As part of the MGH’s ongoing efforts to address capacity challenges, a bed-reallocation plan will be initiated Jan. 28 on several inpatient units. Vascular Surgery will move from Bigelow 14 to Ellison 19, combining with the Thoracic Surgery unit. Bigelow 14 will now be a General Medicine Unit. “These changes are part of the first phase of a multi-pronged approach to reduce congestion in the Emergency Department, make better use of beds in our inpatient units while also optimizing the colocation of services, and ultimately helping to enhance timely and efficient patient care,” says Peter Dunn, MD, vice president, Perioperative Services and Healthcare System Engineering, who is overseeing the Capacity Committee’s efforts.

This article was originally published in the 01/25/19 Hotline issue.