clinical facilities

The Massachusetts General Hospital

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is the largest of the Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals and the third oldest hospital in the US. The 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. In addition, through MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we provide a full range of pediatric health care services, from primary care to cutting-edge treatments of complex and rare disorders.

A Research Powerhouse

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 $750 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.

An Emphasis on Teaching

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.

Massachusetts General Hospital

The hospital admitted its first patients in 1821 and continues to be a world-class hospital dedicated to the care of patients across the age-spectrum. The MGH has a rich and storied history and has been a center of clinical and academic excellence in American medicine for almost two centuries. The Bulfinch Building contains the Ether Dome where general anesthesia was first introduced in the United States and where Neurology grand rounds are held weekly.

The hospital currently operates with a capacity of 1057 inpatient beds both on general medicine adult and pediatric floors, as well as specialty services. The Lunder Building, opened in 2011, was the most recent addition to the other inpatient buildings including the Ellison (1990) and Blake (1994) buildings. Embedded within the MGH is the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) with inpatient units in the Ellison building, state-of-the-art 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) and 18-bed Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) units located in Blake. The adult neuroICU is a 24-bed facility located in Lunder and has on the floor both CT and MRI scanners. Pediatric outpatient clinics, both general and subspecialty, are housed in the Yawkey Building (2004). In addition there is a dedicated Pediatric ED separate from the adult ED, dedicated Pediatric Neuroradiology and Pediatric epilepsy monitoring services.

Pediatric Neurology in-patient care is delivered as a consult service. The Outpatient Resident Continuity Clinic meets three times per week in the Yawkey Building as do the many Pediatric Neurology Subspecialty clinics (view Our Team/Faculty). In addition outpatients are also seen in the Wang Ambulatory Building, 165 Cambridge St., and community academic hospitals including: Cambridge Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, North Shore Children's Hospital, and the Lurie Center for Autism (Lexington).

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 and these communities. 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 90,000 emergency room visits
  • Performs more than 38,000 operations
  • Delivers more than 3,600 babies

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.