A Closer Look | MGH History
The oldest and largest teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) was chartered in 1811, admitted its first patients in 1821, and today records close to 1 million visits to inpatient and outpatient facilities annually. With more than 16,000 employees, including 3,500 physicians and researchers, MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. The MGH patient population is extremely diverse. Patients from nearby communities are served by MGH affiliated health centers and use MGH as their community hospital. At the same time, patients travel to MGH from across the country and around the world attracted by our international reputation as a leader in research and clinical care.
The MGH Bulfinch Building
The original hospital building, the Bulfinch, is an architectural and historic landmark and houses the Ether Dome, where general anesthesia was first introduced into surgical practice in the United States. MGH is expanding research, teaching and outpatient facilities. Today, the 600,000 square feet of laboratory facilities at the Charlestown Navy Yard house many of the hospital's most vibrant medical research programs.
The MGH Yawkey Center for Ambulatory Care
The new Yawkey Ambulatory Care Building on the main campus opened in the Fall, 2004 and the Simches Research Building opened on the main campus in 2007.
In 1994, the MGH affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital to form Partners HealthCare System, an integrated health care delivery system comprising the two academic medical centers, specialty and community hospitals, a network of physician groups and non-acute and home health services. As a result of the development of Partners, some training programs have been combined to maximize educational resources. This integrated delivery system helps to ensure the clinical vitality of the hospital and fosters clinical, research and educational collaboration at all Partners institutions.