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Dedicated to providing accessible healthcare to everyone. At Boston Medical Center, all are welcome and treated equally. The best and brightest physicians, representing virtually every medical specialty, choose to work here for the opportunity to make a difference in their community and beyond. Unwavering in its commitment to the community, BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 514-bed, academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End. The primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine, BMC is the largest safety-net hospital and busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England. More than half of our patients come from underserved populations, such as the low-income and elderly, who rely on government payers such as Medicaid, the Health Safety Net, and Medicare for their coverage; 32 percent do not speak English as a primary language.

Through its commitment to serve everyone, BMC offers numerous outreach programs and services such as:

Seeing more than one million patient visits a year in over 70 medical specialties and subspecialties, BMC physicians are leaders in their fields with the most advanced medical technology at their fingertips and working alongside a highly-skilled nursing and professional staff. No matter who you meet at BMC – from the x-ray technologist to the critical care nurse, the admissions staff to the chief of surgery – everyone is committed to providing quality care to every patient and family member with respect, warmth and compassion.

Fiscal Year 2019 Statistics

BMC By the Numbers
Beds 514
Outpatient Visits 856,528
Inpatient Admissions 25,816
Physicians 755
Residents and Fellows 711
Full Time Equivalent Employees 5,976


Your Health is Our Primary Concern

Boston Medical Center's primary care physicians are among the best in Boston and provide outstanding comprehensive healthcare including urgent care or preventative medicine to keep you healthy in addition to diagnosis and treatment when you are sick. Learn more about General Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.

Boston HealthNet

Focusing strongly on urban health, Boston Medical Center is a founder of Boston HealthNet, a network affiliation of the medical center, Boston University School of Medicine, and 14 community health centers. Established in 1995, Boston HealthNet is an integrated health care delivery system whose partners provide outreach, prevention, primary care and specialty care, and dental services at sites located throughout Boston and in nearby communities. Physicians who practice at HealthNet locations provide a wide range of comprehensive health care services to adults and pediatric patients, with a focus on disease prevention and health education. Patients receiving primary care at HealthNet sites have access to highly trained specialists and cutting-edge technology at BMC while maintaining individualized and culturally sensitive care in their neighborhoods.

BMC HealthNet Plan, Inc.

BMC HealthNet Plan (BMCHP)  is a not-for-profit health maintenance organization founded in 1997 by Boston Medical Center. BMCHP’s Massachusetts business, BMC HealthNet Plan, serves 313,377 members across the state through several product lines that include MassHealth (Medicaid, which comprises CarePlus, accountable care organizations, and managed care organizations), and Qualified Health Plan. In 2018, BMCHP began participating in the state’s Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) program and has entered into partnerships with four provider organizations across Massachusetts to deliver health care services: Boston Accountable Care Organization, Mercy Health Accountable Care, Southcoast Health Network, and Signature Healthcare Corporation. BMCHP also offers a senior care options plan for individuals ages 65 and older who are also eligible for Medicaid.

Because of its ongoing commitment to quality, BMC Health HealthNet Plan’s Medicaid HMO  was rated 4 out of 5 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Medicaid Health Insurance Plan ratings 2019-2020. In addition, BMC HealthNet Plan’s Qualified Health Plan program has been awarded Accredited status from NCQA, the highest accreditation level available at this time. 

In New Hampshire, BMCHP conducts business as Well Sense Health Plan. More than 85,000 Medicaid recipients have joined Well Sense Health Plan since New Hampshire began offering managed care coverage to Medicaid recipients in December 2013. Well Sense Health Plan’s Medicaid HMO has received Commendable Accreditation status and is rated 3.5 out of 5 among Medicaid plans in the U.S. according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan ratings 2019-2020. 

Comprehensive coverage for hospital, primary, specialty, and behavioral health care are among the benefits and services provided to all members. In addition, members receive extras beyond traditional benefits, such as free car safety seats and bike helmets for kids, manual breast pumps and dental kits (including electric toothbrush), access to a 24/7 Nurse Advice line, and reimbursements for Weight Watchers® and qualified gym memberships. Visit bmchp.org or wellsense.org for more information. Visit bmchp.org or wellsense.org for more information.

Teaching

As the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, BMC is devoted to training future generations of health care professionals. Every member of the hospital’s medical and dental staff holds an academic appointment at the Boston University School of Medicine or at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. BMC operates 66 residency training programs with 711 resident and fellowship positions.

Research

Boston Medical Center is a recognized leader in groundbreaking medical research. BMC is the 13th largest recipient of funding in the U.S. from the National Institutes of Health among independent hospitals. BMC received over $165 million in sponsored research funding in 2019, and currently oversees 617 research and service projects separate from research activities at Boston University School of Medicine. The world-renowned researchers at Boston Medical Center conduct both basic, laboratory-based biomedical research, and clinical research programs, including substance use disorder, violence intervention, infectious disease, cardiology, Parkinson’s disease, geriatrics, endocrinology, and hematology/oncology.

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