Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) | 100 great hospitals in America 2016
Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital is the third oldest general hospital in the U.S. and the first teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Today, it is considered the No. 1 overall hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings, and it is Magnet-designated for nursing excellence.
During its more than 200-year history, MGH has grown into a 999-bed medical center with a Level I trauma center and burn center. The hospital's emergency room handled more than 95,000 patient visits last year. It is also a major research hub, with an annual research budget of more than $786 million and a program spanning more than 20 clinical departments.
MGH's focus on research has led to several medical milestones at the hospital. For example, in 1964, MGH research made long-term storage of human blood a practicality and in 1962 surgeons there performed the first successful reattachment of a severed human limb. More recently, 1987, MGH researchers contributed to the discovery of the first gene associated with inherited early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
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