Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General) is hardly general. The 200-year-old acute care hospital is Harvard Medical School's original and largest teaching hospital. With some 900 beds, Mass General has its main campus in Boston and operates several health centers in surrounding communities. Its specialized medical departments include cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, and diabetes and endocrinology. As a leading research facility, Mass General hosts a number of clinical drug and device trials and has an annual research budget of more than $750 million. The hospital is a founding member of the Partners HealthCare System (along with Brigham and Women's).
Mass General's main hospital location is in downtown Boston. The medical center also operates clinics in Charlestown, Chelsea, Revere, and the North End.
Mass General is the oldest and largest general hospital in New England, as well as one of the oldest hospitals in the nation. It holds Level 1 certifications for adult and pediatric trauma and burn care, making it a regional referral center for other area hospitals. Mass General's five multidisciplinary care centers -- known internationally for innovations in cancer, heart disease, digestive disorders, transplantation, and vascular medicine -- provide high-tech comprehensive care, reducing the need for patient travel to various outpatient clinics.
Mass General Hospital for Children administers pediatric care services including primary care and rare disease treatment. The hospital also provides outpatient care through doctors' offices of the Mass General Physicians Organization, and it operates one of the largest hospital-based research networks in the nation consisting of more than 20 cross-functional institutes and departments. With Harvard, Mass General offers about 30 fellowship and residency programs, as well as continuing medical education programs.
In 2011 Mass General expanded its services in areas including oncology, neurology, and emergency care as it opened a new 10-story patient tower (dubbed the Lunder Building). This expansion added 150 patient beds, as well as surgery and specialty facilities. The hospital is also expanding its outpatient capacity through collaborations with area providers -- including North Shore Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital -- to build regional ambulatory care centers.
Mass General is also expanding into the diagnostic testing market through a partnership with Bio-Reference Laboratories. The firms are developing a range of companion diagnostic tests in the field of oncology; the tests utilize personalized medicine technologies, which use a patient's unique genetic makeup to tailor testing and treatment methods (and eliminate unnecessary medication). The companies hope to partner with drug development firms to develop compatible tests and drugs. – less