At Boston Medical Center, all are welcome and treated equally. When you come to BMC, we provide not only the traditional medical care you might need to get you healthy, but also the programs, services, and support that will help you stay well.

Everyone has the right to health and wellness, no matter who you are, where you live, what you do, or where you’re from. As the largest safety net hospital in New England, we are dedicated to providing accessible care for everyone, whether at our private, not-for-profit, 514-bed, academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End or out in the communities where our patients live

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. In addition, more than 32 percent of our patients do not speak English as a primary language. As part of our dedication to serving everyone, we offer all our medical care and services in over 250 languages through our Interpreter Services program.

Throughout our 70 medical specialties and subspecialties, BMC providers conduct over one million patient visits a year. In addition, we are the busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England. Our physicians, nursing, and other professional staff are leaders in their fields with the most advanced medical technology at their fingertips. 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 2020 Statistics

BMC

By the Numbers

Beds

514

Outpatient Visits

1,330,928

Inpatient Admissions

23,761

Physicians

793

Residents and Fellows

727

Full Time Equivalent Employees

8,532

Infographic of BMC 2020 Statistics

In Boston Medical Center's primary care practice, you’re at the center of all our work. Our expert primary care physicians provide outstanding comprehensive health care including urgent care for treatment when you’re sick and preventative medicine to keep you healthy in-between. Learn more about General Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.

If you need a specialist, BMC is here for you too, providing care in over 70 specialties and subspecialties, including world-renowned clinics such as the Amyloidosis Center, sickle cell disease program, and Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. Our clinicians work closely with you, your loved ones, and all the members of your care team to ensure you receive the best care possible.

Boston Medical Center Health System

Boston Medical Center Health System is an approximately $4B integrated health care system whose mission is providing exceptional care without exception. The system consists of five major entities:

  • Boston Medical Center – A tertiary academic medical center
  • Boston Medical HealthNet Plan – a Medicaid Managed Care Organization
  • Boston University Medical Group
  • Boston HealthNet – A network of community health centers
  • Boston Accountable Care Organization

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. BMCHP also offers a senior care options plan for individuals ages 65 and older who are also eligible for Medicaid, as well as coverage in New Hampshire through Well Sense Health Plan Well Sense’s highly-rated Medicaid plan serves over 85,000 members throughout the state of NH.

All members receive comprehensive coverage for hospital, primary, specialty, and behavioral health care, among other benefits and services. In addition, members receive extras such as free car safety seats and bike helmets for kids, manual breast pumps, 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.

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. 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. 

Boston University Medical Group

Boston University Medical Group represents over 910 physicians, non-physician clinicians, educators, and researchers across 18 clinical departments at Boston Medical Center. Their members are providers at BMC and have faculty appointments at BUSM focusing on clinical care, research, and teaching at BMC and BUSM.

Boston HealthNet

Boston Medical Center is a founder of Boston HealthNet, a network affiliation of the medical center, Boston University School of Medicine, and 12 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 at HealthNet locations provide a wide range of comprehensive health care services to adults and children, with a focus on disease prevention and health education. When you receive primary care at HealthNet sites, you have access to both individualized and culturally-sensitive care in your neighborhood and highly trained specialists and cutting-edge technology at BMC.

Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

Boston Medical Center, Boston HealthNet community health centers, and the BMC HealthNet Plan are part of Boston Accountable Care Organization (BACO), which provides care to certain MassHealth patients.

Accountable care organizations (ACOs), of which BACO is one, are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together to give coordinated, high-quality care to their patients.

The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. By helping your doctors and primary care providers to communicate more closely with your other health care providers, ACOs can deliver that meets your individual needs and preferences.

In addition to BACO, BMCHP has partnerships with three other provider organizations across Massachusetts to deliver health care services: Mercy Health Accountable Care, Southcoast Health Network, and Signature Healthcare Corporation.

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. 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.

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.