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BMC Emergency - Department Leadership

"Seeing patients get well makes everything worthwhile."

Dr. Ronald Hayden grew up in nearby North Adams and wanted to become a physician since high school. "It wasn't any one thing that drew me to the profession," he reflects, "it just simply appealed to me. I was one of those kids who enjoyed putting anatomical models together."

A graduate of Williams College, Dr. Hayden pursued his long-established dream at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, and completed his Residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago. After a ten-year stint in the Midwest, Dr. Hayden returned to the Berkshires in 2000 and accepted his current position here at BMC.

Presently, Dr. Hayden oversees the Emergency Department and the multiple facets of its daily operation. "Patient satisfaction is our primary goal," he states, "and we're making great strides to make this happen."

Dr. Hayden Chairs the Disaster Committee, and is also Director of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which anticipates and prepares for trauma of any scale, including swift response to a national bio-hazard emergency.

"Despite all the challenges in the last 20 years, I wouldn't change my profession for the world," states Dr. Hayden passionately. "It's a demanding job, but there are so many rewards, sometimes on a daily basis. Seeing patients get well makes everything worthwhile."

Dr. Hayden's hobbies include golfing, biking, skiing, gardening and home brewing (he even grows his own hops), and listening to 80's rock. He lives in Williamstown with his wife, Nancy, and their two sons, Mark and Matthew.

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