Boston Medical Center
|Boston Medical Center|
Menino Pavilion from Albany Street
|Location||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Care system||Private, Medicare, Medicaid|
|Affiliated university||Boston University|
|Emergency department||Level I trauma center|
496Occupancy Rate = 74.6%
|Lists||Hospitals in the United States|
Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a non-profit 496-bed medical center in Boston, Massachusetts. It was created by the formal merger of Boston City Hospital (BCH) which was the first municipal hospital in the United States and Boston University Medical Center Hospital (BUMCH) in July 1996 which was sponsored at founding by the Methodists and then by Boston University. BCH was founded in 1855, and BUMCH in 1864. It has the largest 24-hour Level I trauma center in New England, and the Emergency Department had 128,231 visits in FY2011. BMC employs more than 1,240 in-house physicians — including 832 residents and fellows — and 1,505 nurses. BMC is the primary teaching affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine.
Boston Medical Center provides a comprehensive range of inpatient, clinical and diagnostic services in more than 70 areas of medical specialties and subspecialties, including cardiac care and surgery, hypertension, neurological care, orthopedics, geriatrics and Women’s health.
|Number of Beds||496|
|Medicine/Surgery beds||332||Obstetrics/Gynecology beds||39|
|Intensive and Coronary Care beds||74
|Neonatal Intensive Care beds||15|
|Pediatric Intensive Care beds||6|
The hospital has many services, extending beyond traditional medical procedures. With its long history of serving the low-income population, the hospital has programs that include:
- A food pantry against which doctors can write prescriptions for undernourished patients
- Home visits to ensure patients and their families are following care instructions, and to identify problems at home which may lead to medical conditions
- Lawyers on staff to help people navigate government assistance programs, and to deal with landlords who maintain unhealthy conditions
- Special counseling and asylum assistance for victims of torture and political persecution
- Training for first responders dealing with children who have witnessed violence
- Pediatricians giving books to families with children to promote reading
The hospital offers the most extensive interpreter services program in New England. In addition to providing person-to-person interpreters on-site in more than 22 languages, 24-hours-a-day, the department utilizes the latest advances in technology such as telephonic and video interpreting. In FY2011, interpreter services assisted in more than 178,094 interactions with patients and visitors.
Boston Medical Center also offers numerous outreach programs and services, including skin cancer screenings, cholesterol tests, blood pressure screenings, prostate cancer screenings, osteoporosis screenings, eye exams, smoking cessation counseling and flu shots. In addition, cancer education and prevention seminars are offered in the community, and youth outreach workers are trained for involvement in schools and health fairs.
Teaching and affiliations
Boston Medical Center is the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. Every member of the hospital’s medical and dental staff holds an academic appointment at the Boston University School of Medicine or at the Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Boston Medical Center operates 85 residency training programs with more than 832 resident and fellowship positions.
Boston Medical Center received more than $137 million in sponsored research funding in FY2011, and oversees 574 research and service projects separate from research activities at Boston University School of Medicine. The researchers at Boston Medical Center conduct both basic, laboratory-based biomedical research, and clinical research programs, including the Sickle Cell Center, infectious disease, cardiology, vascular biology, Parkinson's Disease, geriatrics, endocrinology and hematology/oncology.
Boston Medical Center (BMC) HealthNet Plan
Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan is a not-for-profit health maintenance organization founded by Boston Medical Center in 1997. The Plan serves 240,000 members across Massachusetts through three product lines—MassHealth (Medicaid), Commonwealth Care and commercial—and is the largest Medicaid health plan in the state. BMC HealthNet plan earned the #3 rank among Medicaid plans in the nation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in its Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011–2012. Comprehensive coverage for hospital, primary, specialty and behavioral health care are among the benefits and services provided. The Plan also offers extras beyond traditional benefits; all members receive discounts on Weight Watchers® and fitness club memberships plus access to a 24/7 Nurse Advice Line. In addition, MassHealth members receive free car safety seats and bike helmets for kids and manual breast pumps for nursing mothers.
Boston Medical Center employs 5,079 full-time equivalent employees, consisting of more than 1,240 in-house physicians — including 832 residents and fellows — and 1,505 nurses. Boston Medical Center also incorporates the ambulance service Eascare (headquartered in Dorchester) into their operation to transport patients from one campus to another.
- Ryan, Andrew, "Old morgue finds new life as a clinic for homeless", The Boston Globe, May 31, 2008
- Boston Medical Center
- Boston University Medical Campus
- Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan
- Boston Medical Center Documentary By Rachel Gotbaum. WBUR. 2006 audio documentary on the 10th anniversary of the merger, describing history and innovative programs of BMC. (RealAudio)