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The staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are clearly dedicated to providing the best possible quality of care. From doctors, to nurses, to lab technicians, to housekeepers, the BIDMC patient care team is made up of some of the hardest working, most conscientious caregivers in the world.
The first priority of every hospital administration should be high quality, compassionate patient care as well. The administration at BIDMC must address serious patient care issues immediately to restore the public’s confidence and ensure that the quality of leadership at BIDMC matches the high quality of care provided by healthcare workers.


Infection Control Problems

Beth Israel Deaconess has been cited by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for major infection control infractions leading to the serious illness of several women and infants born at BIDMC over the past several months. To see full report, click here. Read the media coverage below:

Click here to read the press release from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health!

April 11, 2009: State details safety lapses at Beth Israel

 April 10, 2009: Beth Israel faulted for staph outbreak in mothers, babies

April 10, 2009: Beth Israel cited on infections

April 10, 2009: State cites Beth Israel after spate of MRSA infections

April 10, 2009: MRSA Outbreak at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

April 10, 2009: MRSA Strikes Again

April 9, 2009: Beth Israel Cited For Infection Control Problems


Stolen Tissue Scandal

April 13, 2007: Beth Israel Defends Brit Doc Hire: Brit Lawsuit Accuses Him in Tissue-Stealing Scandal
Synopsis: Dr. Peter Warnke left the University of Liverpool following accusations that he stole brain tissue samples from patients without their consent. Nevertheless, BIDMC hired Warnke to head their neurosurgery division. He remains the head of neurosurgery at BIDMC to this day.

  January, 2008: It Was a Real No-Brainer
Synopsis: Blurb on BIDMC’s hiring of a neuro-surgeon accused of stealing brain tissue from patients.

 February 5, 2007: Hospital in brain tissue allegations; Medical school accused of cover-up after claim that surgeon retained samples without consent
Synopsis: The current head of neurosurgery at BIDMC, Peter Warnke, was embroiled in a scandal at his last job involving organ stealing, cover-ups and conflicts of interest.  The BI surgeon is alleged to have taken samples of brain tissue during surgery without consent and sent them to a private biotechnology company in Germany.  The brain samples were used to test a new drug, for which Warnke co-owned the patent.


Wrong Side Surgery

July 3, 2008: Surgeon operates on Patient’s Wrong Side
Synopsis: According to the Globe, state authorities are investigating an incident in which a surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center operated on the wrong side of a patient. The report comes at a time when hospitals, healthcare regulators and insurance companies are devoting unprecedented attention and resources to combating serious and preventable medical errors such as this. Last month, the state said it would stop reimbursing Massachusetts hospitals and doctors for medical costs associated with mistakes.


Resident Hours Violations

September 7, 2008: Beth Israel Cited for Resident Hours
Synopsis: According to the Globe, the accreditation organization overseeing graduate medical education cites BIDMC for surgical residents working up to 90 hours a week, violating national safety limits.

October 13, 2008: Valor and fear in surgeons
Synopsis:  Dr. Steven Bergman examines why there have been violations of safety limits on the work hours of resident surgeons at BIDMC. Bergman believes resident surgeons may fear losing their place in “the pecking order” and be disrespected within the hospital hierarchy.  Dr. Bergman states: "There have been reports of frequent violations of time restrictions, residents working more than 80 hours a week, or being off duty for less than the specified 10 hours at a time."

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