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.