Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston) | 100 great hospitals in America 2016
Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). In 1980, three of Boston's oldest and most esteemed Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals — Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Robert Breck Brigham Hospital and the Boston Hospital for Women — merged to form Brigham and Women's Hospital. Later, in 1994, Brigham and Women's united with Massachusetts General Hospital to form the nonprofit Partners HealthCare. Clinicians at the 779-bed Brigham and Women's Hospital performed 18,626 annual inpatient and 13,325 outpatient surgeries in the most recent year reported, and the hospital's emergency room recorded 62,098 visits.
BWH is a training ground for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Brigham and Women's has 1,100 trainees and hosts Harvard Medical School students in rotations throughout its various programs. To prevent medication errors, the hospital pioneered the development of computerized physician order entry in 2004, which has since become a nationally accepted safety practice.
Since its inception, Brigham and Women's has upheld its inherited tradition of surgical excellence, hosting a long list of firsts. In 1954, physicians completed the first successful human organ transplant at the hospital when transferring a kidney between identical twins. The nation's first triple-organ transplant followed in 1995, with the first quadruple-organ transplant in 2000 and the nation's first full face transplant in 2011.
BWH has been recognized for these accomplishments and for general excellence. On its 2015-16 Honor Roll, U.S. News & World Report ranked Brigham and Women's as the No. 6 hospital in the nation.
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