Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
URL: Brigham and Womens Hospital
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital began as the Boston Lying-In Hospital in 1832 and earned a reputation for excellence in maternity care that still stands today. This hospital was a pioneer in servicing women who could not afford medical care to their homes. In 1875, it became the Free Hospital for Women (that will later become the Boston Women’s Hospital), which sought to service women who needed surgery or direct medical attention particular to their sex, according to their original mission statement. In 1911, the Brigham hospital established itself as a medical center offered for those who could not afford privatized care. In 1974, the Boston Women’s Hospital, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital formally collaborated and soon opened the doors of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1980.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been a trailblazer in the medical field throughout history and continues to be so today. With the focus on women’s health, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital is home to the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women, which is intended for obstetrical and newborn care with a focus on family care. The center features a Newborn Intensive Care Unit, postpartum and antepartum care rooms, and birthing suits. About 9,000 babies are born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital each year.
Today, womens care is not the only attribute that Brigham and Women’s hospital is known for. It was home to the first heart transplant in New England in 1984 and the first lung transplant in Massachusetts in 1992. It is well known as a teaching affiliate for Harvard Medical School and boasts state of the art technology for research and clinical studies. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a top recipient of the National Institutes of Health research grant, receiving over $400 million for research. It has been ranked in Solucient’s Top 100 Hospital ranking for eight consecutive years, and is the only hospital to do so. Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a pioneer in transplants for lungs, hearts, kidneys, and even bone marrow. It is also well-known for the work it does in cardiovascular research, rheumatic and arthritic disorders, and cancer research.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital can be reached by “T” or bus, just get off at Brigham Circle on the “E” line or the Longwood stop on the “D” line. Buses that run to Brigham and Women’s are 66, 65, 60, 47, 39, 8, CT2, and CT3.