In July 1996, Boston City Hospital, Boston Specialty and Rehabilitation Hospital, and Boston University Medical Center merged to form Boston Medical Center (BMC). Through its partnership with Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Health Net neighborhood health centers, BMC continues the mission set forth by Boston City Hospital more than 125 years ago–to provide medical care to the residents of Boston. Last year, the Department of Pediatrics at BMC provided care to more than 2,000 pediatric inpatients, 63,000 outpatients, and 24,000 patients in the emergency department. The neighborhood health centers, which provide continuity clinic sites for house officer training, contribute an additional 110,000 ambulatory visits each year to the program. Boston Health Net reflects our commitment to Community Care by combining BMC with 13 community based health centers into an integrated service delivery network, and starting in March 2018 BMC joined as a leader in the Boston Accountable Care Organization (BACO).
Inpatient Facility and Outpatient Facilities
Inpatient pediatrics is housed in a brand new, state of the art, single bed only 22-bed inpatient pediatric unit, a 4 to 6-bed pediatric intensive care unit, a 30+ bed normal newborn nursery, and a 21-bed level III neonatal intensive care unit with single rooms for newborns and mothers. There are approximately 2,800 deliveries each year, 50 percent of which are high risk. There is also a busy pediatric ED and ambulatory center, with the pediatric ED seeing 24,000 visits each year and the ambulatory center seeing 60,000 visits each year. There are 25 outpatient programs including primary care, adolescent medicine, pediatric cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, allergy and immunology, rheumatology, pain, nutrition, developmental behavioral pediatrics, genetics and a variety of other specialty programs, many of which are directed towards health care issues of urban children due to poverty. Examples of this include: the GROW Clinic, an outpatient subspecialty clinic founded in 1984 to provide comprehensive medical, nutritional, developmental and social services and dietary assistance to children with failure-to-thrive that in addition to providing care advocates for policies to decrease the number of children in need; an integrated mental and behavioral health clinic; an IEP specialty clinic; and the SOFAR clinic, a multigenerational clinic for mothers with substance use disorders and their infants.
Shapiro Ambulatory Care Building
In April 2011 BMC hosted the grand opening of the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center, the hospital’s new state-of-the-art facility for outpatient services. The 250,000 square foot, nine-story building allows consolidation of clinical programs and a standard of care delivery that maximizes patient comfort and operation efficiency.
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
Pediatric Department Ambulatory Programs are located on the sixth floor of the Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center Building. Residents who select BMC as their continuity practice site will be based here at BMC. The Department of Pediatrics provides extensive services to its patients in this ambulatory site, including a first of its kind prescription-based food pantry for all BMC patients and families, a clinic-based literacy program (Reach Out and Read), a first of its kind co-located taxes preparation service to help eligible families apply for and receive their earned tax benefits, and specialized Health Services screening for our patients and their families (Project Health Help Desk).
Maxwell Finland Laboratory
The Maxwell Finland Laboratory for Infectious Diseases, named for the world-renowned investigator of bacterial diseases and antibiotics, houses the laboratories of the divisions of pediatric infectious diseases, immunology, pulmonary, and molecular biology. Research in these laboratories focuses on problems of urban children.
Isadore Talbot Building
The Talbot Building demonstrates the beautiful architecture of turn-of-the-century Boston. It was the original site of the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital (predecessor to BMC) and is now renovated on the BMC campus and is the site of the Boston University School of Public Health.
Moakley Cancer Care Building
Through the Moakley Building, Boston Medical Center provides a best-in-class, centralized cancer and ambulatory care facility that embodied the commitment to provide exceptional care. Named in honor of the late Congressman John Joseph Moakley, a devoted champion of BMC, the building was designed to streamline care by consolidating the diagnostic and cancer treatments that were scattered across the 16-square-block Medical Campus. The latest equipment and technology supplement the services offered, including the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and digestive and otolaryngology disorders, a breast health center, and an ambulatory surgery center.