Massachusetts General Hospital

Hospital Overview

Since 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital has been committed to delivering standard-setting medical care. Throughout the decades, the hospital has had a consistent commitment to advancing that care through pioneering research and educating future health care professionals.

Bulfinch building
Bulfinch building at Mass General

The third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest hospital in New England, Mass General continues its tradition of excellence today.

Mass General has consistently placed among the top hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll since the survey began in 1990. In 2015, Mass General was named #1 in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

In 2013, Mass General was also redesignated a Magnet hospital, the highest honor for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

World-Class Patient Care

Mass General main entrance
Mass General main entrance

Our 999-bed medical center, located in the heart of Boston, offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. We offer high-quality care and services in four health centers in the Boston area. The hospital also holds concurrent Level 1 verification for adult and pediatric trauma and burn care.

Our five multidisciplinary care centers – known worldwide for innovations in cancer, digestive disorders, heart disease, transplantation and vascular medicine – unite specialists across the hospital to offer patients comprehensive and state-of-the-art medical care.

In addition, through MassGeneral Hospital forChildren, we provide a full range of pediatric health care services, from primary care to leading-edge treatments of complex and rare disorders.

A Research Powerhouse

Innovative transplant research
Innovative transplant research

Mass General has long been a leader in successfully bridging innovative science with state-of-the-art clinical medicine. With an annual research budget of more than $786 million, Mass General conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States - a program that spans more than 20 clinical departments and centers across the hospital. This funding drives discoveries and breakthroughs in basic and clinical research, which translate into new and better treatments that transform medical practice and patient care. Learn more about Mass General research.

An Emphasis on Teaching

Educating future leaders 

Mass General is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where nearly all of our staff physicians serve on the faculty. Since the hospital’s founding, Mass General has been committed to training and mentoring the next generation of international leaders in science and medicine, providing a wealth of opportunities for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, physical, occupational and speech and language therapists and other health professionals. These talented men and women, in turn, lend fresh and innovative perspective on how to treat and care for patients. See medical residency and fellowship opportunities at Mass General.

Adding Value to Care

The Care Redesign initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital/Massachusetts General Physicians Organization is a collaboration between multidisciplinary teams of health care providers and administrators working together to improve the value of care, deliver more integrated, patient-centered care, and reduce health care costs while improving outcomes.
Learn more about Care Redesign at Mass General

Setting the Bar for Quality & Safety

Safety, effectiveness, patient centeredness, timeliness, efficiency and equity – these six tenets established by the Institute of Medicine are the foundation of our approach to quality and safety. We measure our performance, set high goals and track our progress toward those goals. We compare ourselves against local and national benchmarks in key quality and safety areas to ensure we deliver the highest quality and safest care possible. Learn more about our quality and patient-safety programs.

Reaching Out to the Community

Our work has always been guided by the needs of patients and their families. Mass General partners with communities to build, improve and sustain health care delivery and increase the health and well-being of those who live and work in these communities. Read about how Mass General is making a difference locally and globally.

Mass General patient at one of our community locations in Chelsea, MA
Mass General patient in Chelsea, MA

At our main campus and four health centers in Charlestown, Chelsea, Revere and the North End, Mass General annually:

  • Admits approximately 48,000 inpatients
  • Handles nearly 1.5 million outpatient visits
  • Records more than 100,000 emergency room visits
  • Performs more than 42,000 operations
  • Delivers more than 3,600 babies

Mass General also works closely with health care institutions throughout New England and the nation to offer expert treatment and leading-edge clinical trials to patients in their communities. Our partners include Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which are part of Mass General’s family of hospitals, as well as other affiliated care providers.

Mass General is a founding member of Partners HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system that includes the two founding academic medical centers, community hospitals, primary care and specialty physicians, specialty facilities, community health centers and other health-related entities.

Our Mission

Guided by the needs of our patients and their families, we aim to deliver the very best health care in a safe, compassionate environment; to advance that care through innovative research and education; and to improve the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.