Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center- 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). At the turn of the 20th century, Boston established two hospitals that would eventually become the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that is known today. Methodist deaconesses founded Deaconess Hospital in 1896, and the Boston Jewish community built Beth Israel Hospital in 1916. In 1996, the two neighboring hospitals decided to merge, thus creating one of Boston's renowned academic medical centers in the heart of the city. 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  factsBIDMC holds the distinction of being a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School, and many members of the hospital's medical staff hold faculty appointments at the medical school. The 649-bed BIDMC is one of the top four recipients of biomedical research funding from the National Institutes of Health, receiving about $230 million in annual funding. It is ranked nationally in two specialties by U.S. News & World Report: diabetes and cancer. BIDMC was also awarded the 2013 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, which honors hospitals with quality and safety models that can be replicated by other facilities.

BIDMC is closely interwoven in the Boston community and isn't immune to the city's strong sports allegiances. The hospital is the official hospital of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox. Through the partnership, BIDMC provides sports-related injury educational reports that appear on the team's website, explaining injury cause, treatment and prevention. BIDMC staff members also run the first aid stations at Fenway Park in Boston. Additionally, every baby born at BIDMC receives a baby cap and bag with logos of the hospital and the team.

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