In Wake of Bombings, How Hospitals Are Communicating

Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media , April 24, 2013

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President Obama and the First Lady made quiet trips to MGH and BWH, respectively, and both hospitals reported the visits on their Facebook pages. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick also made the rounds at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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"President Barack Obama is currently visiting patients, families and staff at Mass General," MGH posted on April 18. "We feel so lucky to have Michelle Obama on our campus today visiting patients, families, and staff," BWH posted on Facebook.

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MGH also used Facebook to deny reports that the marathon bombing suspect may have been treated at the hospital.

"As most of you have heard, the second suspect from Monday's Marathon bombing is now in custody," it posted on Saturday. "There had been some speculation by the media that he was going to be brought to Mass General, but we can confirm he is not being treated at our hospital."

Interestingly BIDMC, which is treating the bombing suspect, has not commented about that fact on Facebook. On Sunday the medical center merely posted: "BIDMC is open and fully operational. We thank you for your patience during this difficult weekend.

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