Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

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Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
Lahey Clinic Foundation
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Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts
Location Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
Care system Medicare/Medicaid/charity
Hospital type Teaching/Specialist
Affiliated university Tufts University School of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston University School of Medicine
Emergency department Trauma certification level II
Beds 317
Founded 1923
Lists Hospitals in Massachusetts

The Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, formerly known as the Lahey Clinic, is a physician-led nonprofit teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine based in Burlington, Massachusetts. The hospital was founded in Boston in 1923 by surgeon Frank H. Lahey, M.D.,[1][2] and is managed by Lahey Health. U.S. News & World Report has cited it several times on its list of "America's Best Hospitals" in the category of urology.[3][4]


Lahey Clinic was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1923 by world-renowned combat surgeon Dr. Frank H. Lahey. It grew rapidly during its first three decades of operation, often outpacing its physical capacity in Boston's Kenmore Square. During this time, Lahey Clinic patients occupied the majority of beds at neighboring Boston hospitals including the New England Deaconess Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), and the New England Baptist Hospital. Lahey's Commonwealth Avenue facilities grew increasingly overcrowded. Faced with an expanding patient base (notable patients included former United States president John F. Kennedy),[5] discussions for a new facility were drafted in partnership with New England Baptist Hospital, which long held close ties to Lahey Clinic. A partnership with New England Deaconess was also considered. However disagreement between administrators led Lahey officials to seek other options outside of downtown Boston. A transition to its current facility in Burlington, Massachusetts was completed in November 1980 under the leadership of then CEO, Dr. Robert E Wise. In 1994, Lahey opened an additional facility in Peabody, Massachusetts.

Lahey – Beth Israel Deaconess Merger[edit]

In January 2017, The Boston Globe reported of a letter of intent for a merger between Lahey and Beth Israel Deaconess with this partnership creating the largest hospital merger in Massachusetts in more than 20 years.[6] The merger would include three additional hospitals: New England Baptist, Mount Auburn Hospital and Anna Jacques Hospital. The combined system would be counteraction to Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts largest network of hospitals and doctors with a market share of 22% in the eastern part of the state.[7] Partners flagship hospitals include Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. The Lahey- Beth Israel proposal needs approval by state and federal regulators.

In December 2017, a group called the Make Healthcare Affordable Coalition came out in opposition to the proposed merger of Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center citing the “mega merger” would lead to higher costs and the closing of health clinics serving minority communities.[8]

Education and research[edit]

Lahey hosts several residency programs including Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Diagnostic Radiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Urology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Dermatology. Faculty hold professorships at Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, Lahey hosts extensive post-graduate fellowship training including: Surgical Critical Care, Colorectal Surgery, Reconstructive Urology, Cardiology/Electrophysiology, Endocrinology Interventional Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Interventional pulmonology, Bariatric, Hand Surgery, and Ophthalmology, Interventional Neuroradiology, Breast Imaging, Stroke, & Transplant Anesthesia.


  1. ^ "Time Magazine article about Lahey Clinic and Dr. Lahey". 1940-06-24. Retrieved 2007-01-16. 
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Steven A. (11 August 2013). "More independent hospitals joining Lahey group". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lahey Hospital and Medical Center". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Best Hospitals 2006". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on June 1, 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lahey Clinic correspondence". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. 15 February 1947. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  6. ^ McCluskey, Priyanka Dayal (2017-01-30). "Beth Israel, Lahey health systems agree to pursue merger". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Newsflash: The Market Is Working". 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2017-01-30. 
  8. ^ Leighton, Paul (2017-12-17). "Group opposes hospital merger". The Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 

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Coordinates: 42°29′03.12″N 71°12′16.92″W / 42.4842000°N 71.2047000°W / 42.4842000; -71.2047000