The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), founded in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $750 million, and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging, systems biology, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, reproductive biology, transplantation biology, and photomedicine.
In July 2012, MGH placed number one on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Hospitals." In 2003, the MGH became the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In April 2008, MGH was re-designated as a Magnet hospital for another four years. Magnet recognition is the ANCC's highest honor for nursing excellence, and has been awarded to fewer than seven percent (7%) of hospitals nationwide.
With its comprehensive benefits for a diverse workforce, the MGH has been recognized among the nation's top employers many times over the years.
A number of publications have recognized Massachusetts General Hospital among the Best Places to Work in the nation. The Boston Globe named the MGH to its list of Best Places to Work in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and Conceive Magazine and Becker's Hospital Review/Becker's ASC Review named the MGH to their lists of Best Places to Work in 2010. The Scientist has recognized the MGH to its Best Places to Work in Academia list in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. The MGH has also been named to The Scientist's 2011 Best Places to Work for Post-Docs list. Commended for supporting a diverse workforce, DiversityInc named the MGH to its list of Top Five Hospital Systems in 2010.
MGH's Be Fit program, a hospital initiative that makes healthy nutrition and exercise a workplace priority, has been lauded by the international Alliance for Work-Life Progress with its Work-Life Innovation Excellence Award, and the American Heart Association recently recognized MGH in 2008, 2009, and 2010 with its Start! Fit Friendly Award in the gold category for the hospital's work promoting healthy eating, a wellness culture, and activities that improve physical activity among employees.
The MGH takes pride in hiring the best and brightest and investing in their professional development. The hospital is one of the largest private employers in Boston, with 23,173 employees in 2011. MGH staff includes about 4,000 registered nurses, and over 2000 clinical staff. There are more than 2,300 research scientists and fellows. In addition, more than 3,800 allied health workers and over 11,000 employees in other roles support the hospital’s daily operations.
The MGH campus includes 25 buildings in downtown Boston as well as 11 outpatient care and seven research facilities off campus. Taken together, these comprise the largest teaching and research hospital for Harvard Medical School.Several structures on the MGH campus embody the collaborative approach to science and medicine at the hospital.
The Lunder Building, which began occupancy in the summer of 2011, is a welcome addition to the clinical facilities on campus. The building increases the total number of inpatient beds by 150, creating 28 new procedure rooms and a significant number of pre- and post-procedure bays, and expand, co-locate and enhance services in cancer, the neurosciences, radiation oncology and emergency services. The Richard B. Simches Research Center houses 25 percent of the hospital's total research space while incorporating four thematic research centers to foster new and exciting collaborations among scientists from different disciplines. In the same way, the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care incorporates a number of outpatient services under one roof cultivating clinical collaboration and access to multiple disciplines. In 2009, the Ragon Institute was established with the generous support from the Phillip T. and Susan M. Ragon Foundation, creating a model of scientific collaboration that links the clinical, translational, and basic science expertise at MGH, MIT, Harvard and the Broad Institute to tackle the greatest global health challenges related to infectious disease research.
Finally, as a world-renowned research institution, Mass General has 22.5 acres of research labs, with more than 700,000 square feet of bench-research space on three campuses. MGH has annual research funding of more than $619 million, making it the largest hospital-based research program in the United States.
While MGH may be the oldest and largest hospital in the New England area, it is also a national leader in developing and refining information technology for patient records, research, education and clinical care – from the operating room to patient rooms. A survey by the American Hospital Association found that MGH has the highest number of technologies as compared to other teaching hospitals in the Boston area with 17 of 18 possible technologies available at MGH – including key services and specialized inpatient and outpatient services, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services such as proton beam therapy at the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center.
Regularly investing resources in a variety of equipment and systems to ensure patient safety and prevent errors, the hospital has implemented a number of helpful technologies. One initiative, which was completed in 2009, is a hospital-wide electronic medication administration system intended to enhance patient medication safety and prevent medication-related adverse events by electronically linking the systems clinicians use to order, dispense, and administer medications. Called the Electronic Medication Administration Process for Patient Safety (EMAPPS), the system incorporates the scanning of bar-coded medications, patient wristbands and clinician ID badges.
MGH offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. The Heart Center, the Cancer Center, orthopaedics, obstetrics, and digestive specialties are the largest of its 18 clinical services. Each year, MGH provides services for nearly 50,000 admissions. Its emergency and ambulatory care facilities handle about 1.3 million visits. MGH also sponsors graduate medical education in 17 of those core specialties, including Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Radiology, Pathology, Anesthesiology, the Neurosciences, and more than 90 subspecialties.