||Founded in 1811, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is the
third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest
and largest in New England. The 893-bed world-renowned medical center
offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery.
||Each year Mass General Hospital admits approximately 44,000 inpatients and handles almost 1.5 million visits in its extensive outpatient programs at
the main campus and at its four health centers, in the Back Bay,
Charlestown, Chelsea and Revere. Its emergency services handles
nearly 75,000 visits annually. Each year the surgical staff performs
more than 32,000 operations, and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 3,600 babies.
||The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in
the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $400
million. It is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard
Medical School, and nearly all of the hospital's active staff physicians
are on the Harvard Medical School faculty.
The MGH is the largest nongovernment employer
in the city of Boston, with more than 19,000 employees, including
a nursing staff of 2,900. In addition, its 3,600-member medical
staff includes physicians, dentists, psychologists, podiatrists,
residents and fellows.
In March 1994, the MGH joined with Brigham and
Women's Hospital to form Partners HealthCare System, Inc., an
affiliation established to create an integrated health care delivery
system providing excellent, cost-effective care while maintaining
the hospital's history of dedication to teaching and research. In
addition to the founding institutions, Partners HealthCare System
now includes North Shore Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
and Faulkner Hospital.
||Partners' physician network, Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.,
currently includes more than 1,000 primary care physicians and 3,500
specialists. Partners also includes home health agencies, McLean
Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Belmont, Mass., and Spaulding
Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Partners also is involved in
a collaborative program for adult oncology with Dana-Farber Cancer
In 2003, the MGH was named the state's first Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Magnet recognition represents the highest honor awarded for nursing excellence.
In July 2004 the MGH was named one of the
country's best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for the fifteenth
year, ranking third nationwide.