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For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2013


Southcoast selects Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to provide medical services at St. Luke's Emergency Department


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast™ Hospitals Group today announced Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) as the new provider of medical services at the Emergency Department at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford as of January 16, 2013.

"Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC is highly regarded for being at the forefront of innovation and for their dedication to safe and compassionate care," said Linda Bodenmann, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Southcoast Health System.

"We have a long-standing relationship with BIDMC's physicians through their residency program partnership with the St. Luke's Emergency Department. Through this residency program, they have come to know and understand our community and its emergency medicine needs. The combination of their first-class care and experience at the St. Luke's Emergency Department proved to be a natural fit for providing the New Bedford community with the highest level of emergency medical services available," Bodenmann said.

"Our residents have rotated at St. Luke's Hospital for years and we have viewed this hospital as the cornerstone of health care in southern Massachusetts," said Richard Wolfe, MD, Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at BIDMC and HMFP. "We are very excited about taking our partnership with St. Luke's to a new level as we recruit and provide the physicians who will help take the excellent care for emergency patients to new heights."

As part of the new agreement, the new group will provide the physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who care for patients in the St. Luke's Emergency Department to work alongside Southcoast nurses, technicians and other caregivers. To ensure the highest quality of care, under the leadership of the new St. Luke's Emergency Department group all physicians must be board certified or board eligible in emergency medicine.

"Southcoast is committed to delivering the best quality care to our patients at a level of service that exceeds our patients' satisfaction," Bodenmann said. "We are confident that our partnership with the new St. Luke's Emergency Department group will improve the overall patient experience at the St. Luke's ED."

"The emergency medicine program at HMFP is committed to providing the best possible care to our patients throughout Massachusetts," Dr. Wolfe said. "One of our missions is to ensure that board-certified emergency physicians oversee the care of emergency patients. This is critically important in a busy, high-acuity department like St. Luke's and we are excited to be able to provide leading Harvard-affiliated emergency medicine specialists to the greater New Bedford community."

As part of the new partnership, Jennifer Pope, MD, an emergency medicine physician at BIDMC, has been named the Chair of Emergency Medicine for the St. Luke's site.

"I am very eager and excited to work with the St. Luke's staff to provide top-quality emergency services in the greater New Bedford community," Dr. Pope said. "My family and I look forward to living and working in such a vibrant and cultural region, filled with such a rich history and wonderful people."

Dr. Pope received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut in Farmington, Conn. She completed her residency in emergency medicine and was nominated as chief resident at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR) at BIDMC in Boston.

When Dr. Pope joined BIDMC emergency medicine faculty, she was also appointed as an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She completed a specialized year focusing on residency education and administration and was appointed Assistant Residency Director at the HAEMR at BIDMC.

Dr. Pope has also served as the Medical Director for the Urgent Care Clinic at BIDMC-affiliated Outer Cape Health Services in Provincetown and the Director of Operations for the BIDMC Urgent Care Planning Committee.

About Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center employs more than 900 physicians in 13 departments at BIDMC. The emergency medicine program currently staffs emergency departments at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton and St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, using the same high standard driven by a centralized performance improvement process, state-of-the-art informatics and some of the most talented physicians, recruited out of the best training programs in the country. This network of emergency departments is a critical step in building an accountable care organization by ensuring that many of our patients can access care close to their home.


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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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