Mass General Brigham

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Mass General Brigham
Mass General Brigham logo.svg
TypeNon-profit organization
HeadquartersPrudential Tower
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°20′51″N 71°04′55″W / 42.347414°N 71.081904°W / 42.347414; -71.081904Coordinates: 42°20′51″N 71°04′55″W / 42.347414°N 71.081904°W / 42.347414; -71.081904
President & CEO
Anne Klibanski, MD
Margaret S. Norton
AffiliationsHarvard University
Revenue (2017 (Ending September 30))
$13.4 billion
Staff (2019)
Formerly called
Partners HealthCare (1994-2020)

Mass General Brigham is an integrated health system that includes 14 hospitals including Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), two of the nation's most prestigious teaching institutions.[5][6][7] It was founded in 1994 with H. Richard Nesson, MD, former president of Brigham and Women's Hospital as CEO of Mass General Brigham and Samuel O. Thier, MD, formerly president of Massachusetts General Hospital as president.[7][8] According to The Boston Globe, by 2008, Mass General Brigham became Massachusetts' "largest private employer and its biggest healthcare provider, treating more than a third of hospital patients in the Boston metropolitan area".[9]


In 1994, Partners HealthCare (now Mass General Brigham)[10] was founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, two of the nation's leading academic medical centers, with histories that date back to 1832 and 1811, respectively.

A long history of medical firsts has shaped the history of Mass General Brigham. Individuals and families around the world have been impacted by these medical discoveries, starting from the first use of ether as an anesthetic in 1846. A few more key milestones include:

  • 1896: First X-ray exposure at a U.S. hospital
  • 1923: World's first successful heart valve surgery
  • 1954: First successful human organ transplant, the kidney
  • 1979: First use of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to diagnose illness and injury
  • 1996: Key brain findings in Alzheimer's disease lead to the first FDA-approved treatments
  • 2011: First full-face transplant
  • 2019: Surgeons perform five first-ever simultaneous DCD heart transplants

In June 2016, administrative employees from across Mass General Brigham moved to their new offices in Somerville's Assembly Row complex.[11]

In April 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts announced that Partners HealthCare System and one of its hospitals, Brigham and Women's Hospital, agreed to pay a $10 million fine to resolve allegations that a stem cell research lab fraudulently obtained federal grant funding.[12]

A Partners Urgent Care facility in Boston, Massachusetts.
A Partners Urgent Care facility in Boston, Massachusetts.

In May 2017, Partners (now Mass General Brigham)[10] announced they would be cutting more than $600 million in expenses over the next three years in an effort to control higher costs and to become more efficient. The cost-cutting initiative is called Partners 2.0, and the plan will look to reduce costs in research, care delivery, revenue collection, and supply chain. The plan will begin on October 1, 2017 and will eliminate jobs. The company lost $108 million in 2016.[1]

In February 2018, Partners announced that 100 coders would have their jobs outsourced to India in a cost saving move. This is all part of the non-profit hospital and physicians network's three-year plan to reduce $500 million to $800 million in overhead costs.[3]

In February 2018, the state of Massachusetts Public Health Council formally signed off on the acquisition of Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The deal was formalized on April 1, 2018.[13] In a notice published on April 2, 2018, Mass. Eye and Ear's President John Fernandez announce the finalization of the agreement to make MEE a part of the Partners HealthCare (now Mass General Brigham)[10] hospital and physicians network.[14]

On January 28, 2019, Dr. Torchiana announced his departure as the chief executive of Mass General Brigham effective at the end of April 2019.[15]

On February 19, 2019 Partners (now Mass General Brigham)[10] named Dr. Anne Klibanski, as its interim chief executive officer of the hospital Network and will be effective in April 2019.[16]

In June 2019, Partners HealthCare (now Mass General Brigham)[10] announced Dr. Klibanski, who was named interim chief executive officer in February, now has been named the company's permanent president and chief executive officer.[4]


In late November 2019, Partners HealthCare made the decision to rebrand Mass General Brigham to reflect upon the organization's best known assets, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital and to unify the largest employer in Massachusetts.[17]

Member Institutions[edit]

There are 16 member institutions that encompass a range of health care organizations. In addition to academic medical centers, these include top-tier specialty hospitals, community hospitals, a rehabilitation network, a health insurance plan, a physician network, a teaching organization, and many locations for urgent and community care.

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • AllWays Health Partners
  • Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
  • Community Physicians Organization
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital
  • HealthCare at Home
  • Martha's Vineyard Hospital
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • McLean Hospital
  • Nantucket Cottage Hospital
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • North Shore Medical Center
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
  • Wentworth-Douglass Hospital


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  3. ^ a b Kowalczyk, Liz; McCluskey, Priyanka Dayal (2018-02-20). "Partners HealthCare will outsource some expensive, back-office jobs to India". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  4. ^ a b Dayal McCluskey, Priyanka (2019-06-25). "Partners names Dr. Anne Klibanski as its new CEO". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  5. ^ Robert Weisman (21 June 2011), "Connors stepping down at Partners: Detailed succession plan has new chief in place next year", The Boston Globe, retrieved 11 July 2015
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  9. ^ "Unhealthy System: Is medical giant Partners HealthCare good for Massachusetts?". The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe Spotlight team. 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e Dayal, Priyanka (27 November 2019). "In major rebranding, Partners HealthCare to change name to Mass General Brigham". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  11. ^ Dayal, Priyanka (13 July 2016). "Somerville to be new home base for Partners HealthCare". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  12. ^ Finucane, Martin (2017-04-27). "Partners, Brigham and Women's to pay $10m in research fraud case". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  13. ^ McCluskey, Priyanka Dayal (2018-02-14). "State formally signs off on merger between Mass. Eye and Ear, Partners HealthCare". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  14. ^ "Massachusetts Eye and Ear Joins Partners HealthCare". 2018-04-02. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  15. ^ Dayal McCluskey, Priyanka; Kowalczyk, Liz (2019-01-29). "David Torchiana, chief executive of Partners HealthCare, unexpectedly announces departure". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  16. ^ Dayal McCluskey, Priyanka (2019-02-19). "Partners HealthCare names an interim CEO". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  17. ^ Dayal McCluskey, Priyanka (2019-11-27). "In major rebranding, Partners HealthCare to change name to Mass General Brigham". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2020-01-10.

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