North Shore Medical Center

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North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) is located on the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts and is the second largest community hospital system in Massachusetts. It offers comprehensive medical and surgical services and includes emergency/trauma departments, advanced cardiac surgery and a birthplace. It includes NSMC Salem Hospital and NSMC Union Hospital, as well as outpatient care and urgent care. NSMC’s Medical Staff includes nearly 600 affiliated physicians representing primary care, family practice and 50 additional sub-specialties.

North Shore Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital which has 395 beds. The hospital had 19,467 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. It performed 4,409 annual inpatient and 7,955 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 90,149 visits for 2012. A helipad at North Shore Medical Center is a helicopter transportation hub, with multiple daily flights to hospitals all over Boston.[1][2]



NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. NSMC maintains clinical collaborations with Massachusetts General Hospital, working together to offer advanced inpatient and outpatient care in the community including cancer care, cardiac care, pediatrics, OB/GYN, orthopedics, surgery, and urology services.

North Shore Physicians Group is also affiliated with NSMC. North Shore Physicians Group is a network of multi-specialty and primary care physicians serving individuals and families in 17 North Shore locations. In 1994 NSMC became affiliated with the Boston-based Partners HealthCare system, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

2013 renovations and expansions[edit]

In October 2013, North Shore Medical Center announced a $170 million expansion and renovation project. Construction is expected to be finished by 2017 and will include a brand new emergency room, over 70 private beds and numerous upgrades within the hospital.[3][4]

Other hospitals in the complex[edit]

Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH, "The Brigham") is the largest hospital of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It is Harvard Medical School's second largest teaching affiliate with 793 beds. With Massachusetts General Hospital, it is one of the two founding members of Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts.[5]

Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General or MGH) is the primary teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and a biomedical research facility located in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the 2nd biggest hospital in New England with 1,057 beds coming in after Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, which currently has 1,541 beds. Massachusetts General conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the world, with an annual research budget of more than $400 million.[6] It is currently ranked as the #2 hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

Mass General for Children at North Shore Medical Center is a pediatric department and pediatric hospital. The name reflects the more than twelve years of clinical collaboration with MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care is a collaboration between NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital. Services include outpatient and minimally invasive surgery, the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center, cardiac diagnostics, and advanced imaging services.

Salem - 1820

NSMC Salem Hospital is a 248-bed community teaching hospital that provides adult and pediatric services. The NSMC Heart Center has fully integrated cardiac services including angioplasty and advanced cardiac surgery. NSMC surgical services include minimally invasive procedures. NSMC's full pediatric services are located on the Salem campus as well.

NSMC Union Hospital is a 147-bed, acute care community hospital providing health care to the residents of Lynn and surrounding communities. The clinical staff provides adult medical and surgical services including emergency care, convenient day surgeries and other procedures.

North Shore Medical Center founding[edit]

Captain John Bertram (1796–1882) lived in Salem, Massachusetts and is the founder of Salem Hospital. In 1873, Captain John Bertram gave a gift of $25,000 in cash, plus a brick mansion on Charter Street to create Salem Hospital. From the original building on Charter Street, Salem Hospital moved to the current location on Highland Avenue in 1917. After John Bertram died in March 1882, his widow donated their home, John Bertram Mansion, a mansion built in the High Style Italianate with brick and brownstone for materials, built at 370 Essex Street [7] and this became the Salem Public Library.[8] In addition, John Bertram House is now a home for the elderly.[9]


The 23rd Cancer WALK took place on June 23, 2013 at Salem Willows to raise money for North Shore Medical Center’s oncology unit in Salem and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers.[10] A 2nd Cancer Walk was started in 2011 was the first year that North Shore Medical Center sponsored a Cancer Walk in the City of Salem (2013 is the 4th year).[11][12][13]


  1. ^ "Approved Minutes, May 13, 2010" City of Salem, retrieved March 8, 2014
  2. ^ "Approved Minutes, February 12, 2009" City of Salem, retrieved March 8, 2014
  3. ^ Forman, Ethan "Salem Hospital to Expand" The Salem News October 10, 2013, retrieved March 8, 2014
  4. ^ "North Shore Medical Center Planning $170M Upgrade, Expansion to Salem Hospital" Salem Patch, retrieved March 10, 2013
  5. ^ Hospitals and Affiliates Partners Healthcare, retrieved March 8, 2014
  6. ^ Our Services Mass General / North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, retrieved March 8, 2014
  7. ^ History of the Building Salem Public Library, retrieved March 8, 2014
  8. ^ "Who was John Bertram?" John Bertram House of Salem
  9. ^ Architecture in Salem by Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., p.15
  10. ^ "North Shore Cancer Walk 2013" Salem Patch June 25, 2013, retrieved March 8, 2010
  11. ^ "Thanks: Taste event helps support North Shore Cancer Walk The Salem News May 1, 2012, retrieved March 8, 2014
  12. ^ Lecesse, Cheryl "Oktoberfest fundraiser benefits North Shore Cancer Walk" The Salem News October 22, 2013, retrieved March 8, 2014
  13. ^ "North Shore Cancer Run" Wicked Running Club

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