Massachusetts General Hospital
Founded in 1811, the Massachusetts
General Hospital (MGH) is the third oldest hospital in the United
States and the oldest and largest in New England. The 820-bed world-renowned
medical center offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care
in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery.
Each year the MGH admits approximately 35,000 inpatients and handles
more than 1 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 departments at the
main campus and in Chelsea collectively handle nearly 80,000 visits
annually. Each year the surgical staff perform nearly 30,000 operations,
and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 2,100
births a year.
The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based
research program in the United States, with an annual research budget
of more than $200 million. It is the oldest and largest teaching
hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH is the largest non-government
employer in the city of Boston, with more than 10,000 employees,
including a nursing staff of 2,300. In addition, its 3,700-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 historic dedication to patient care, teaching and
research. In addition to the founding institutions, Partners HealthCare
System includes North Shore Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital,
McLean Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dana Farber,
and Faulkner Hospital.
Partners' physician network, called
Partners Community HealthCare, Inc., currently includes more than
900 primary care physicians, as well as community hospitals and
home health agencies. Partners is also involved in a collaborative
program for adult oncology with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
In 1999, MGH was named one of the country's
best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for the sixth consecutive
year, ranking third nationwide.