New England Baptist Hospital

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The Carl J. B. and Olive Currie Rose Fund assures that all patients receive a red rose upon admittance.

New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is a 141-bed adult medical-surgical hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, United States specializing in orthopedic care and complex orthopedic procedures. NEBH is an international leader in the treatment of all forms of musculoskeletal disorders and disease.

“The Baptist” (as the hospital is called for short) is located atop Parker Hill in the Mission Hill neighborhood within walking distance of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area.

The hospital is a teaching affiliate of both the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine. It also conducts teaching programs in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard School of Medicine.


“The Baptist” was the site of one of the first artificial hip replacements in the United States.

As indicated by its name, New England Baptist Hospital was established by Northern Baptists, a denomination with a long history in New England and an identity distinct from the better-known Southern Baptists.

When the hospital was created in 1893, Parker Hill was a streetcar suburb considered far enough away from downtown Boston to provide fresh air and an escape from the noise and congestion of the city for patients who might benefit from long term rest and relaxation. Parker Hill offers panoramic views of the city, Boston Harbor, and the Blue Hills. Even today it is a remarkably peaceful site considering its location near the center of one of the largest metropolitan areas in North America.

Vision statement[edit]

NEBH’s vision statement is that “New England Baptist Hospital will be recognized as the premier and preferred destination for musculoskeletal care. NEBH will lead the region as the most trusted source for care and education for patients with musculoskeletal disease and related disorders. We will earn our leadership position among the nation's top hospitals through clinical excellence, innovation, scholarship, efficiency, and legendary service to our patients.”

Bone & Joint Institute[edit]

Through the associated New England Baptist Bone & Joint Institute, the hospital offers a full range of services in orthopedics and rheumatology, occupational medicine and sports medicine, foot and ankle care, joint replacement, spine care and hand surgery. The institute offers a range of preventive, education, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services.

Sports medicine[edit]

NEBH has a long association with sports medicine and has provided services to U.S. Olympic teams and countless professional athletes.

Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams came to the Baptist for treatment of a cervical disk disorder in the 1950s. In 1999, esteemed PGA Tour player Jack Nicklaus came here for a new hip.

NEBH is the official hospital of the seventeen-time world champion Boston Celtics and has a long association with the Boston Athletic Association which hosts the Boston Marathon. The Baptist continues to provide services to a variety of professional and amateur athletes from around the world.

Currie Rose fund[edit]

Carl J. B. Currie, a trustee and major benefactor to the hospital, noticed that while some patients received bouquets of flowers from well-wishers to encourage their recovery, other patients received none. In 1958 he established the Carl J. B. and Olive Currie Rose Fund to ensure that all patients would henceforth be welcomed with a red rose, a tradition that continues today. NEBH has since adopted the rose as its official symbol, indicative of the hospital’s commitment to high quality and individualized patient care.

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Coordinates: 42°19′46″N 71°06′24″W / 42.32938°N 71.10660°W / 42.32938; -71.10660