Enhancing Security in the Tower

Beginning on Wednesday, April 25, a new system that will enhance the security of the Tower will be activated. It will automatically lock inpatient units after hours and enable staff to discreetly do so during emergencies. The system contains the following features:

  • Inpatient pods will automatically lock from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., requiring badge access for entry. 
  • Staff will screen visitors via video intercoms and remotely grant access when the pod is locked.
  • Any staff member can instantly lock the pod by pressing an emergency lockdown button. Staff must notify BWH Police and Security at ext. 2-6565 upon doing so.

There are no changes for pods that are currently locked at all times. BWH Police and Security will round in the Tower to review proper procedures for the new system with staff.

Stand Against Racism Event at BWH, April 26

On Thursday, April 26, take a pledge against racism. The Center for Community Health and Health Equity and the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners, will host a Stand Against Racism event at BWH as part of the nationwide movement by YWCA USA to raise awareness about racism and empower efforts to eliminate it.

Visit the Fish Rotunda, 15 Francis St. lobby, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and take a stand against racism by signing a pledge board.

Garden Café Introduces New "Healthy Choice Special"

Every two weeks, the Garden Café at BWH will feature a different discounted healthy food option. Be sure to look for it at the cafe's "Featured Item Station" behind the salad bar.

From April 12-29, enjoy 25-cent bananas.


Main Campus Outpatient Pharmacy: Delayed Opening, April 24

On Tuesday, April 24, the BWH outpatient pharmacies will be transitioning to a new pharmacy system. To accommodate this work, the main campus Outpatient Pharmacy (45 Francis St.) will open that day at 11 a.m.

The outpatient pharmacies at 850 Boylston and Foxborough, which are also undergoing this transition, will be open that day during normal business hours (850 Boylston: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Foxborough: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

The bedside medication delivery program will remain available without interruption. 

For questions, contact Amrita Chabria at

Upcoming Commencement Schedule for the Longwood Medical Area

Below, please find a list of upcoming graduation ceremonies taking place at institutions in and around the Longwood Medical Area (LMA). Please plan your commutes ahead of time as delays on LMA roadways are expected. To view a complete listing of upcoming commencement cermonies taking place in the LMA area, click here.


Saturday, April 21

Wentworth Institute of Technology – Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Saturday, May 12

  • Emmanuel College Commencement – Emmanuel College campus


Wednesday, May 23

  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – HMS Quad


Thursday, May 24

  • Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine – HMS Quad


Wednesday, June 6

The Winsor School Commencement – Windsor School campus


Partners 2018 Patient Experience Summit, April 26

The summit, “Caring for Everyone: Enhancing Experience and Advancing Equity,” is Thursday, April 26, at the Partners HealthCare headquarters at Assembly Row in Somerville. The event will feature presenters from several Partners institutions, including BWH, BWFH and Massachusetts General Hospital. Keynote speakers will highlight two current issues impacting a patient’s health care experience: substance use disorder and health equity. To learn more about the summit and to register, click here.

Step Up for Stepping Strong: Register for a Free Fitness Challenge to Help Trauma Survivors

This May, join the Brigham and Greater Boston communities in a challenge to take 100 million steps together in support of trauma survivors. Participation is free and easy. Simply commit to taking 4,000, 8,000, or 12,000 steps per day and download a free app that will automatically track your daily steps progress. When the community’s total number of steps reaches 100 million, Cigna will make a $100,000 gift to The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at BWH to fuel new advances in trauma research and care. Learn more


Register for the 2018 Healthcare Quality and Safety Conference

This annual two-day educational experience, hosted by Brigham Health and Harvard Medical School, is for clinicians and administrators who plan, manage and support quality and safety initiatives. Customize your learning experience by choosing from 29 practical breakout sessions that explore proven best practices for improving quality and safety. Click here to learn more and register for the conference. Monday, Oct. 15, and Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St.

Writing Opportunity for Trainees: Contribute a Column to BWH Clinical & Research News

BWH Clinical & Research News, the hospital’s monthly online publication for and about researchers and clinicians, is looking for postdocs, students, residents and fellows who are interested in writing about their training experiences. Next Generation columns are generally between 600 and 800 words on a topic of the trainee’s choosing. Writers and editors from the Office of Strategic Communication work closely with columnists to offer suggestions and feedback, and published columns are widely read by the Brigham community and beyond. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Haley Bridger at or email

Rad Amnesty Days: Be Rad and Clean Your Lab, April 17

Do you have old radiation vials or samples? Are old shielding or meters that are taking up space in your lab? Bring them to Radiation Amnesty Days 2018 on Tuesday, April 17, at 221 Longwood; Wednesday, April 18, at Thorn; and Thursday, April 19, at the Hale BTM. All events will be held in each building’s radioactive waste room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Signage will be posted to direct staff.

Email health Physics & Radiation Safety at with questions.

Directions to the radioactive waste room in Thorn, 221 Longwood and Hale BTM:

Thorn: Located on the Lower Pike, through the double doors, across from the delivery room

221 Longwood: Basement, at the end of the gall (left of elevators)

Hale BTM: Near the loading dock on the ground level