Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital is the oldest and largest hospital in New England, and the third oldest general hospital in the United States, opening in 1811. The hospital is a 900-bed medical center located in Boston, offering diagnostic and therapeutic care in nearly all specialties and subspecialties of medicine and surgery. The hospital also holds concurrent Level I Verification for adult and pediatric trauma and burn care. The hospital offers services in four health centers throughout the Boston area, as well as five multidisciplinary care centers. These care centers specialize in cancer, digestive disorders, heart disease, transplantation, and vascular medicine; effectively uniting specialists across the hospital to offer patients comprehensive care. Massachusetts General Hospital also conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States; spanning more than 20 clinical departments and center, with an annual research budget of nearly $550 million. This facility is the original teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, with almost all of the staff physicians also serving as faculty.

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

Chosen by more cancer patients than any other hospital in New England, the MGHCC is part of the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. The Cancer Center is comprised of 18 fully-integrated, multidisciplinary clinical programs, along with a vast network of support and educational services. The center focuses on basic, translational, and clinical research. It also collaborates with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center on joint clinical trials, education, training programs, and quality of care improvements. Services available at the MGHCC include:
  • Hematology and oncology
  • Oncology nursing
  • Oncology social work
  • Pediatric hematology and oncology
  • Psychiatric oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Surgical oncology
A division of the Cancer Center dealing specifically with mesothelioma and other lung-related cancers is the Center for Thoracic Cancers. Their experienced programs often employ a multimodal treatment program for cancers such as mesothelioma. The Center for Thoracic Cancers utilizes a team approach, ensuring their patients have a personalized and coordinated treatment plan that encompasses leading experts across a variety of specialties.

Awards and Recognition

The Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as the Cancer Center specifically is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The nurses of the Cancer Center were the first in the state to achieve Magnet status, which recognizes the hospital’s exceptional nursing care. Reference: