ABC Is Filming a ‘Documentary Series’ Inside Mass General’s Emergency Room
Camera shy? You may want to stay away from Massachusetts General Hospital’s emergency room.
Producers at ABC are using the No. 2 hospital in the nation’s ER as a set for an upcoming series tentatively titled “Golden Hour.” Filming began October 6 and is expected to continue through the end of December. The series, according to a report from Mass General, will focus on “patients who come to the hospital with a critical problem and the medical intervention that—when delivered within a small window of time—can save lives and preserve families.”
Is this sounds familiar, it should. Five years ago, ABC set up shop at Mass General, Brigham and Women’s, and Boston Children’s to film “Boston Med.” That series, as well as “New York Med,” were both produced by Terry Wrong, who will also be leading this new series.
Mass General reps say that the show will “feature patients with conditions for which getting the right care right away is essential.” Cases will include ailments such as stroke, myocardial infarction, respiratory distress, trauma, and bleeding.
Filming is scheduled to take place at three Boston hospitals: Mass General, Brigham and Women’s, and Boston Medical Center. According to a report from ABC, camera crews will also showcase Boston EMS and “possibly other ambulances” as they bring patients and loved ones into the hospitals.
Mass General’s report says that ABC videographers will use “small hand-held cameras” and will be as “unobtrusive as possible” when they film:
Much of the filming will take place in the Emergency Department, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, the operating rooms, the intensive care units and other inpatient units where patients are recovering. News crews visiting the MGH campus are typically accompanied by a member of the Public Affairs Office, but because of the breadth and scope of this project, the ABC News team has been granted access throughout the hospital. Every ABC staff member has gone through privacy and safety training at the MGH, and all will wear hospital ID badges.
Staffers at the hospitals have been assured by administration that being on camera is voluntary and that patient confidentially remains a priority during filming. At this time, the series is slated to air in early 2015 and will most likely consist of six, hour-long segments.