Clinical Affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Anna Jaques Hospital is proud to be clinically affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Boston academic medical center and major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
The collaboration between the institutions and physicians means patients can more often be seen in their own community when clinically appropriate, but with coordinated access to complex care in Boston. More efficient integration of services between Anna Jaques and BIDMC also means that duplicative treatments and testing will be reduced. If a patient needs to go to BIDMC for tertiary care, the affiliation enables the patient to return to the community for care as quickly as possible.
BIDMC and AJH share a relationship in multiple clinical areas, giving patients easy access to BIDMC's Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital specialists. These areas include:
Since opening its doors in February of 2015, the Anna Jaques Cancer Center affiliated with BIDMC has continued to raise the bar of comprehensive cancer care offered to patients locally. Together, the two institutions offer a full array of community-based cancer services in Newburyport and when needed, advanced treatment options and specialists at BIDMC in Boston. The program offers a committed team that works together to diagnose and direct the treatment of all types of cancers. Patients no longer have to travel to Boston to have world-class cancer specialists on their care team.
Anna Jaques and Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare now have two primary care office locations in the area, one is Amesbury and in Haverhill. With five physicians to choose from, it's easier than ever to find one who’s close by when you need care, with access to top hospitals.
Emergency Department Transfers
The coordination between Emergency Departments at Anna Jaques and BIDMC enabling seamless transfers to BIDMC for trauma and other clinical conditions that require tertiary care. Before a transfer our emergency physicians speak to a BIDMC emergency physician to discuss the patient’s condition, emergency treatment, and the best method of transfer (ground ambulance or MedFlight air transport). BIDMC accepts virtually all patients from AJH with no delay in the transfer, which is not universally the case at Boston teaching hospitals. Anna Jaques physicians are able to stay apprised of their patient’s condition and progress through communication with BIDMC physicians and access to their patients’ data via electronic medical records.
Expectant mothers who need advanced care for high risk pregnancies can now receive that care at Anna Jaques, rather than having to travel into Boston. A BIDMC Maternal and Fetal Medicine specialist comes to Anna Jaques three times a month to provide high risk pregnancy care to the patients of Women’s Health Care.
BIDMC provides our Emergency Department (ED) physicians with around the clock access to board certified neurologists, particularly with an emphasis on stroke patients. When patients at Anna Jaques are suffering stroke-like symptoms, AJH Emergency Department physicians and the neurologists at BIDMC talk to one another face-to-face over a high speed internet connection and “Skype-like” video technology to examine the patient together and discuss the best course of treatment. It is particularly helpful in the time-sensitive decision of whether or not a patient with stroke symptoms should be given the clot-dissolving medication tPA. Access to 24/7 tele-stroke care is helping us improve outcomes for patients and save lives.
The Thoracic Clinic at Anna Jaques Cancer Center, affiliated with BIDMC, brings BIDMC specialists to the AJH campus to treat diseases that affect the organs in the chest – including the lungs, esophagus and heart. This clinic delivers the advanced care you’d expect from a major Boston teaching hospital, with a convenient, personalized approach right here in your community - the best of both worlds.