Tufts-New England Medical Center
Tufts-New England Medical Center (Tufts-NEMC) is a medical institution in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a center for research and is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine where all full-time Tufts-NEMC physicians hold faculty appointments.
Tufts-NEMC it is subdivided into a full service adult hospital and the Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service pediatric facility. In 1992, with the addition of a maternity service, Tufts-NEMC became the first private, full-service medical facility in Boston.
NEMC was founded in 1930 as a union of the Boston Dispensary, the Boston Floating Hospital for Children and the Trustees of Tufts College. The Pratt Diagnostic Clinic was added in 1946, and in 1950 when Tufts University Medical School and Tufts University Dental School relocated to Chinatown the name was expanded to NEMC Hospital. In 1968 it was renamed Tufts-NEMC, and in 1970 the NEMC board met with the Tufts Trustees to outline a cooperative agreement. This agreement remained in effect until the late 1970's, after which followed a tense period of competition between the organizations during the 1980's. In 1991 the NEMC board met with the Tufts Trustees and drafted a new affiliation agreement which still stands.
Tufts-NEMC has a history of achievement in scientific research and clinical advances. Tufts-NEMC research led to the discovery of drugs that prevent the body’s rejection of transplanted organs, coining the term "immunosuppression," and also brought to light the link between obesity and heart disease. Tufts-NEMC ranks among the top 5 percent of the nation’s institutions that receive federal research funds.
Tufts-NEMC has a total of 451 licensed beds: 210 medical/surgical beds, 46 adult intensive care beds, 66 pediatric beds (including 12 pediatric psychiatric beds), 62 pediatric and neonatal intensive care beds, 23 post-partum beds, 20 adult psychiatric beds, and 24 infant bassinets.
The Emergency Department (ED) is equipt for the evaluation, resuscitation and stabilization of patients of all ages who present with acute illness or injury. The Floating Hospital for Children is the home of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute and is a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Tufts-New England Medical Center is part of the consortium of hospitals which operates Boston MedFlight.
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