New England Hospital for Women and Children
The Dimock Center is an outpatient clinic in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It was opened as the New England Hospital for Women and Children on July 1, 1862 by Dr. Marie Zakrzewska and Ednah Dow Cheney. The hospital remained dedicated to women and children until the 1950s when it became financially deficient and after recommendations from the United Community Services of Greater Boston the name was changed to New England Hospital implying their willingness to accept men as patients. Ultimately the hospital closed in 1969 and was reopened as an outpatient clinic. In 2007, Dimock Community Health Center was renamed the Dimock Center to reflect the organization’s integrated healthcare and human services model. Because of its history, the clinic's buildings are listed as a National Historic Landmark.
This model involves three core program areas: Healthcare, Behavioral Health Services and Youth & Family Services. From the Center’s historic nine-acre campus located in the Egleston Square section of Roxbury, MA, and several satellite locations, The Dimock Center provides access to high-quality healthcare and human services that include: Adult & Pediatric Primary Care, Women’s Healthcare, Eye and Dental Care, HIV/AIDS Specialty Care, Outpatient Mental Health services, Residential Programs, The Mary Eliza Mahoney House shelter for families, pre-school, Head Start programs, after-school programs and Adult Basic Education & Workforce Training programs.
The Dimock Center has been recognized nationally as a model for the delivery of integrated care in an urban community.
- New England Hospital for Women and Children at Sophia Smith Collection Accessed May 12, 2008
- Michael Reiskind, "Hospital Founded by Women for Women", Jamaica Plain Historical Society (1995). Accessed April 20, 2010.
- Dimock Center web site
- New England Hospital for Women and Children Records, 1792 - 1994 Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College
- Records, 1914-1954 (inclusive), 1950-1954 (bulk). Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
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