Benghazi Medical Center Leaders Visit BWH
Emergency Medicine’s Stephen Bohan shows Benghazi Medical Center leaders Dr. Laila Taher Bugaighis (at left) and Dr. Naema Gaubaa BWH’s medical records system and flow processes during a tour of the ED.
"It's not often in this political climate that one
gets to meet people from Benghazi," said BWH Emergency
Medicine's Stephen Bohan, MD, MS.
But earlier this month, Bohan did just
that as he welcomed Benghazi Medical Center's Deputy Director General Dr. Laila
Taher Bugaighis, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Naema Gaubaa and Emergency
Department Director Dr. Naseralla el Saadi to the Brigham. During the group's
afternoon tour of the ED, Bohan shared BWH's medical records system, flow
processes and met with the staff.
The Libyan leaders' visit to BWH is
part of their ongoing interest in developing a relationship with the Center for
Global Health in the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH, where they spent
the previous day.
"I was pleased to show our guests the
Brigham, and they were very impressed by the energy and commitment of our staff,
our ED's organization, how attending physicians care for our patients, the
pharmacy dispensing machines and our ED Tracking
System, which was homegrown at BWH by Jonathan Teich, MD, PhD," said Bohan. "Emergency Medicine Clinical
Director Joshua Kosowsky, MD, was in the ED during the visit and explained our
thinking in terms of how care delivery should be structured. It was a very
Benghazi Medical Center, which was
built in 1973 and originally intended to provide only tertiary care, did not
open its doors until 2009, due to political events related to the dictatorship
of Muammar Gaddafi. In 2011, leaders recognized the pressing need for emergency
care in the country in the midst of the revolution, and the center opened an ED,
which Bohan says has been busy ever since. The medical center is the largest, most modern hospital in eastern Libya.
"In a country where the development of
anything was frozen for the 43 years of Gadaffi's reign, the development of BMC
has been very daunting for these leaders," said Bohan. "Benghazi Medical Center
wants to be a premiere medical center. Physicians and leaders are focused on
their goal that no Libyan should have to leave Libya for
good medical care."