Boston Childrens Featured in ABC News Medical Series Boston Med

One of three top hospitals featured in the prime time series beginning Thursday, June 24th at 10 p.m.

June 22, 2010

Boston, MA - Children's Hospital Boston will make its national prime-time debut on Thursday, June 24, at 10 p.m. when ABC begins airing its new eight-part medical series, "Boston Med." Building on the success of "Hopkins" - a similar documentary shot completely at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2007 - ABC News came to Boston to capture all the compelling medical stories that Children's, Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital had to offer.

For four months in 2009, ABC News film crews had unparalleled access to all three institutions, following doctors, nurses, patients and their families through a myriad of tests, diagnoses and procedures in order to tell the story of the Boston medical community and the patients we encounter every day.

"We welcomed ABC into our institution in order to share our remarkable, every-day experiences with the nation," said James Mandell, MD, CEO of Children's. "'Boston Med' afforded us the opportunity to not only give the nation a look at the way we provide care, but also to showcase the tremendously specialized and demanding field of pediatrics."

"Boston Med" will highlight a number of Children's patients. We'll meet a 16-year-old girl who receives a heart transplant; a toddler who is rushed into the Emergency Department with a neurological crisis and is also diagnosed with kidney disease, saddling her with dialysis for the rest of her life; and a pregnant woman whose husband comes home on leave from Iraq to discuss treatment options for the Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) their unborn son has been diagnosed with.

Viewers will also get to know a number of Children's staff, including pediatric cardiac surgeons Francis Fynn-Thompson and Emile Bacha; cardiac specialists Rahul Rathod and Elizabeth Blume; Pediatrician-in-Chief Gary Fleisher, ED pediatric doctor Josh Nagler; and chief of the division of Nephrology, Bill Harmon.

Episodes with a special focus on Children's will air on July 1, July 15 and August 5.

Erin McColgan

Children's Hospital Boston is one of the nation's premier pediatric medical centers. Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, today it is a 396-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, the largest provider of health care to the children of Massachusetts, and home to the world's leading pediatric research enterprise. For more information about Children's, visit: