Massachusetts General Hospital
Established in 1811 and sited in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School; it’s also the oldest and largest hospital in New England and the third-oldest general hospital in the United States. Accredited by the Joint Commission, this premier medical center offers high-level diagnostic and remedial care in practically every field and sub-specialty of surgery and general medicine.
Otherwise known as Mass General, this hospital has 950 inpatient beds, and employs over 2,100 physicians, surgions, and clinical staff, more than 4,500 registered nurses, 4,000 allied health workers, and in excess of 11,600 personnel in other roles. On average, 48,000 inpatients are treated annually, along with 1.5 million outpatient visits. Of these, approximately 3,000 are foreign patients.
The main specialties at Mass General are diabetic care and endocrinology, orthopedics, neurology/neurosurgery, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, and cancer treatment. Other specialties include allergy and immunology, hematology, vascular medicine, dermatology, cardiology, infectious diseases, renal and pulmonary conditions, oral and maxillofacial surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, rheumatology, and urology.
Mass General has long been a trailblazer in linking groundbreaking science with ultramodern clinical medicine. Its Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center is one of very few facilities in the nation where energy from the protons of atoms is used to destroy cancer cells with little damage to surrounding tissue, and where intra-operative electron beam radiation therapy (IOERT) is performed as a means of targeting radiotherapy at advanced tumors during surgery.
The hospital arranges for online second opinions through Partners Online Specialty Consultations.
Mass General’s Outpatient Cancer Evaluation Service offers all-inclusive packages at fixed prices for each of five types of cancer: breast, gynecologic, thoracic, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary. Price estimates based on medical records are provided to the hospital’s uninsured patients. Private, uninsured (self-pay) patients receive a 25 percent discount.
Hospital facilities include cafeterias, a chapel, gardens and outdoor spaces, gift and flower shops, salons, libraries and learning resources, media and technology services, a pharmacy, and private accommodations at the Phillips House unit.
Most of Mass General’s international patients come from Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. Mass General Medical Interpretation Services provides interpreters for 13 foreign languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Chinese, French, French Creole, Greek, Italian, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Access to additional language services is also available.
International patients are paired with a coordinator who serves as a single point of contact before, during, and after their visit. The coordinator advocates for the patient and provides assistance on all aspects of his or her stay, including:
For the period 2014-2015, U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals has ranked Mass General at number one in New England and number two in the nation for patient safety, quality of care, and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.
Last updated on 21 January 2015
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