On April 20, 2020, I get to realize a lifetime dream – I will be running 26.2 miles with Team BMC in the Boston Marathon! As many of you know, I have wanted to run the Boston Marathon for years – since I started running in 2011 during my first year of medical school. I’ve run several marathons in Baltimore and D.C., but as a Massachusetts native I always wanted the opportunity to run in my home city, in one of the biggest and most celebrated marathons in the world.
I moved back to Boston in 2016 to start my residency in Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center. This city, and particularly this hospital, have been very important to me over the last 4 years. I chose the year 2020 to run because it marks the end of my residency training, and running the marathon seems like a fitting way to celebrate all that I’ve accomplished.
BMC is unique in that it exists principally to serve the city’s poor and treats patients wholly, through world-class medical services and community programs. I see this philosophy demonstrated every day in the emergency department. We serve on the front lines of Boston’s safety-net hospital, providing care for anyone who presents to us, at any time. For a city hospital, BMC actually has a lot innovative programs that have been designed to help provide care to those who need it most, and I refer my patients to these programs every day. In this way, BMC has become an example for hospitals throughout the country.
Since 2002, Boston Medical Center has proudly participated in Boston’s historic marathon, raising more than $6.24 million for the hospital. In 2019, 79 Team BMC runners, including 12 BMC employees, trekked 26.2 miles and took the infamous “Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston” in support of the hospital and its patients. Their dedication was mirrored off the course as well, raising more than $843,000. BMC is grateful to John Hancock and the Boston Athletic Association for making Team BMC possible and for recognizing the unique role BMC plays in keeping Boston healthy and strong.
Boston Medical Center stands as New England’s largest safety net hospital and a national leader in caring for the urban and working poor. Existing principally to care for any and every person who walks through its doors, BMC does so with innovative treatments—many built within its own walls—and an unwavering commitment from providers—who are leaders in their field—and a highly skilled professional staff. Striving to achieve the best possible outcome for every patient isn’t ancillary to BMC’s mission—it is BMC’s mission. With a commitment to health equity, BMC is working toward building healthier communities through national models of care and groundbreaking research, education and social service programs.
Team BMC is running Boston 2020 for the hospital’s newest endeavor, Vision 2030, which aims to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world by 2030. Vision 2030 encompasses the longstanding belief that when an organization invests in the root causes of urban health issues, the community and its people greatly benefit and thrive. To improve the health of Boston, BMC is uniting community, policy and research leaders to develop, deploy, iterate and evaluate strategies to address social determinants of health and promote equity in our community. The multi-sector collaboration will: advance the health of our community today; and improve conditions linked to poor health outcomes to secure the health of our community for generations to come.
The funds raised through this year's marathon team will go toward making Vision 2030 a reality, driving key investments in the following areas, as well as other endeavors.
· Complex Chronic Disease: To define a new model of care for complex disease management that improves health outcomes and reduces avoidable health care utilization.
· Substance Use Disorders: To reverse the trend in overdose deaths and improve access to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and harm and risk reduction services.
· Mental Health Disorders: To integrate mental health services into primary care and expand access to mental health services throughout the community.
· Housing Insecurity and Homelessness: To improve access to safe and affordable housing options and establish supportive housing interventions for individuals with complex medical and social needs.
· Other Key Social Determinants of Health: To sustainably target key social determinants of health negatively impacting health outcomes in conjunction with community partners.
Change of this magnitude is only possible when we come together, and we welcome you to join us in our pursuit. Your support is integral to the existence of programs and services our patients rely—and thrive—on, with many depending solely on philanthropic support. By donating to Team BMC you are showing your commitment to the entire city of Boston.
Thank you for supporting Boston Medical Center in its mission to provide exceptional care, without exception!