WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The treatment at BMC's Cancer Center is state-of-the-art — oncologists even have a CyberKnife, a robotic radiosurgery system that offers a noninvasive way to treat tumors anywhere in the body. Oncologists per- sonalize treatment plans to accommodate patients' obligations, knowing that many can't afford to lose any time at work. But can- cer treatment is complicated, and if patients don't understand or can't get to their treat- ments, BMC's equipment and oncologists can't help them. Navigators are a constant presence in their patients' lives, happy to assist with care coor- dination, language barriers, transportation, social services, insurance, and finance issues. They even have access to grocery gift cards and MBTA and taxi vouchers, in the event that they are needed. BMC Has a History of Innovation Walsh's entrepreneurial spirit is a good fit for BMC, which has a history of innovation. Its predecessor, Boston City Hospital, was the first municipal hospital established in the US (1864). In 1873, New England Female Med - ical College merged with Boston University School of Medicine to become the first co-ed medical school. BMC was one of two col- laborators on the 1948 Framingham Heart Study, the ambitious longitudinal project that identified risk factors for heart disease. This entrepreneurial spirit continues today. "We are a very flat organization," explains 63 s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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