Recognition for MGH

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks MGH as one of the top five hospitals in the nation based on quality of care, patient safety, and reputation.  MGH is the only hospital to be ranked in all sixteen specialties.  

Magnet Status Recognition

MGH is a designated Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

GWTG Performance Award - Stroke

MGH received the American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus for implementing best stroke care practices. 

2013 Most Admired Companies
Baby-Friendly USA awarded MGH the Baby-Friendly designation, part of an international breast feeding initiative by the World Health Organization in 2016.

The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe has named MGH a top employer nearly every year since 2008.

2016 Top  Companies for Diversity
DiversityInc named the MGH to its list of Top Twelve Hospital and Hospital Systems in 2017.

Modern Healthcare
Modern Healthcare has recognized the MGH to its Best Places to Work list in 2016.

2016 Human Rights Campaign Foundation

MGH is recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for its commitment to equitable and inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families.

People, Facilities & Services

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.

MGH: A Great Place to Work Receives Honors

Massachusetts General Hospital has been ranked among the top five hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report  ever since the rankings began. In 2018, MGH is recognized as #4 out of nearly 5,000 hospitals considered in the ranking. MGH is the only hospital ranked in all 16 specialties considered by U.S. News and World Report, a testament to the breadth and depth of our expertise. In 2003, MGH became the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and was re-designated in April 2008 and May 2013. Magnet recognition is the ANCC's highest honor for nursing excellence, and has been awarded to fewer than seven percent (7%) of hospitals nationwide. 

MGH received two awards for exceptional stroke care from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) in June 2016. The Coverdell Defect-free Care Award recognizes hospitals that provided defect-free care to 90 percent or more of their stroke patients in 2015 by utilizing all interventions for which each patient was eligible. The Stroke Scale Rate of 100% Award is given to those hospitals which performed NIH Stroke Scale assessments on 100 percent of stroke patients from January 2015 to December 2015. The MGH also received the American Stroke Association's 2016 Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. These awards honor the hospital for implementing best practices for stroke care and ensuring stroke patients receive the highest quality care according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. Specifically, the MGH has achieved and sustained 85% or higher adherence to specific evidence-based guidelines over a 24-month period, as well as reached at least 75% on optional quality measures. The Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus designation is earned by achieving a door to needle (DTN) time of 60 minutes or less for 50% of tPA eligible stroke patients.  

MGH has been awarded the Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA, a credentialing program that is part of an international breastfeeding initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund.

Massachusetts General Hospital is proud to be recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in its Healthcare Equality Index 2016. The MGH earns top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families in the annual survey, conducted by the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization. MGH has received its first ever Equity Care Award from the American Hospital Association (AHA) in recognition of our efforts to reduce health care disparities within the organization's leadership and staff.

With its comprehensive benefits for a diverse workforce, the MGH has been recognized among the nation's top employers by several publications and industry organizations. The Boston Globe has named MGH to its list of Best Places to Work eight times in the past ten years. Modern Healthcare recognized the MGH to its Best Places to Work list in 2016 and DiversityInc named the MGH to its list of Top Twelve Hospital Systems in 2017. Additionally, Glassdoor awarded MGH a 2018 Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award and named the hospitals to its list of the 100 Best Places to Work.

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. In addition, the hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Worksite for its efforts to promote healthy eating, a wellness culture, and activities that improve physical activity among employees.

You can read more about the various awards the MGH has received on our hospital website.


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 25,622 employees in 2016. MGH staff includes more than 5,000 registered nurses, and over 2,400 clinical staff. There are 2,300 research scientists and fellows. In addition, about 4,500 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. It also expands, co-locates and enhances 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. It has created 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.

Simches Research Building 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. This includes key services and specialized inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services such as proton beam therapy at the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center.

MGH regularly invests in resources in a variety of equipment and systems to ensure patient safety and prevent errors, and 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 51,000 admissions. Its emergency and ambulatory care facilities handle about 1.5 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.


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