Massachusetts General Hospital | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). With a Magnet designation and a passel of U.S. News & World Report recognitions under its belt, Massachusetts General Hospital was also named the best hospital in New England for 2014-15 based on quality of care, patient safety and reputation by the U.S. News & World Report. The 999-bed medical center in the heart of Boston operates five multidisciplinary care centers specializing in cancer, digestive disorders, heart disease, transplants and vascular medicine. It also operates MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Founded in 1811, Mass General is the third oldest general hospital in the U.S., after Pennsylvania Hospital and the New York Hospital. The hospital was crowdfunded with donations ranging from 25 cents to $20,000 to a 273-pound pig. Mass General was the first teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, saw the first demonstration of surgical anesthesia in 1846, the identification of appendicitis in 1886 and the first replantation of a severed arm by a surgical team in 1962.

Today, Mass General, with 25,066 employees as of 2013, is a center for research with a budget of more than $786 million. Nearly all the staff physicians serve as faculty for teaching Harvard Medical School students. The hospital is a founding member of the Boston-based Partners HealthCare and admits approximately 48,000 patients annually.

The U.S. News & World Report records an 81 percent overall patient satisfaction rating compared to the 70 percent national average and ranks the hospital nationally in 16 specialties and five pediatric specialties for 2014-15.

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