An advisor once told me that while other hospitals in Boston are sometimes considered the "best in the world," BIDMC has always been considered by Bostonians to be the "best hospital in Boston." I believe this is because BIDMC has always focused on what matters in this increasingly competitive world of healthcare: uncompromised, highest-quality patient care to the growing communities we serve, educating those who will deliver this care in the future, and constantly looking to improve.
BIDMC has been a huge part of my life for the last 5 years. As an intern, resident, and now a Nephrology fellow in the Department of Medicine, I had the privilege of training with some of the best teachers, clinicians, and colleagues I have ever met. I know first-hand that BIDMC truly is a family. I have come to appreciate how special it is to work in a place where your colleagues love what they do and the people we serve.
There are so many causes worthy of your donation out there, but you might consider BIDMC to be the place that is contributing to the advancement of so many of those causes, including supporting kidney disease (which I see every day as a nephrology fellow), improving local community health centers, and supporting quality initiatives that lead to better patient care. So your donation here really will go a long way!
Thanks in advance! Here's more about the Kidney Disease Research fund and BIDMC.
Kidney Disease Research
The Renal Division Research Team has identified a reason for the high rate of kidney disease in people of African descent. Kidney disease is five times more likely to affect African Americans than other groups of people, and the team is actively working to alleviate this epidemic. This is a major public health problem and this research, which may lead to major advances in treatment, is unique to BIDMC. Dialysis is not a cure. Fewer than 40 percent of dialysis patients live more than five years. Rates of kidney failure are increasing and the cost to treat those patients continues to rise each year. In 2009, $42.5 billion was spent to provide care to those with kidney failure. Over the next three to five years, the Renal Division Research Team aims to use their findings to better understand, prevent, and treat kidney disease in African Americans. They plan to develop a multifaceted approach to solving this problem that will be highly visible and have a large impact on the lives of individuals and their families.
BIDMC depends on the Annual Fund to fulfill its mission of providing compassionate patient care.
This fund raises unrestricted dollars that can be used immediately for a wide range of needs. They provide a reliable, steady source of funding for the programs that need it most:
- Promising research projects, such as cancer genetics investigations
- Annual operating costs, such as funding for social worker positions
- Career development opportunities for staff, such as continuing education scholarships for nurses
- Expansion of clinical spaces, like minimally invasive surgery suites
- Academic and teaching programs, such as fellowships for the next generation of physicians in growing service lines