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The success of Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals is in large part due to its cooperative nature of delivering patient care. Marrying the generalists and community setting at Faulkner with the specialists and the urban setting at BWH, BW/F has proven to be a dynamic three-year partnership that has enhanced the care for patients in the greater Boston area.
For the Departments of Medicine and Surgery, partnerships were forged early and logistics have been relatively smooth. In fact, about 2,500 surgical procedures were performed at Faulkner in 2001. In addition, the medical residency program at Faulkner is flourishing as young physicians are exposed to the community teaching hospital setting, which they can then compare and contrast to BWH’s urban teaching hospital setting.
More recently, certain BWH and Faulkner hospital-based physician departments have started to work on a process that would more closely align Faulkner/BWH services.
Radiology has taken the lead in this collaboration. The Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Department of Radiology is taking shape and is slated to be finalized by mid-summer. At the helm of this pairing are Steven Seltzer, MD, chair of BWH Radiology and Norman Sadowsky, MD, chair of Faulkner Radiology. Both are interested in melding services in a fashion that makes sense to their staff and in a way that is appropriate for their collective patient population.
“As the field of Radiology continues to grow and thrive and as new equipment and technology are introduced to catapult the services we are able to provide patients, combining the general expertise of Faulkner radiologists with the radiology specialists at BWH is wise. Together we will be able to take advantage of positive opportunities that will serve our patients best,” said Seltzer.
“As the two divisions of Radiology come together as one entity, we will have the ability to address issues jointly and take advantage of shared state-of-the-art equipment,” said Sadowsky. “Thanks to modern technology, imaging at each respective facility can be shared electronically, making the continuum of care even more seamless for our patients,” he added.