Directions and Transportation
Boston Medical Center is located off of Route 93 in Boston's Historic South End. The medical campus is situated across several city blocks between Harrison Avenue and Albany Street and Massachusetts Avenue and East Newton Street.
Code of Conduct
At Boston Medical Center, we are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all patients, visitors, and staff members. Our Code of Conduct for Patients, Visitors, and Staff outlines how we expect everyone who walks through our doors to conduct themselves, in order to create a safe hospital where we can continue to provide quality, compassionate care for all.
Emergency Department Entrance Open Only for Emergency Department Patients
In order to help keep our patients and staff safe, the Emergency Department entrance is reserved for ED patients only. Patients with appointments in other buildings should enter through the front entrance of the building in which they have an appointment, on the Harrison Ave. side of the building.
Updated August 8, 2023
Please note that our screening and masking policies have changed following the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Boston Medical Center's priority is the safety of our patients, employees and visitors. To balance the needs of our patients while ensuring we have a safe hospital, visitors in certain areas may be limited.
Adult Inpatient and Intensive Care Units
- COVID-negative med/surg patients will be allowed to have two visitors at a time, between noon and 8 p.m.
- Critically ill patients in all locations of the hospital may have visitors 24/7.
- Two visitors per person allowed during an Ambulatory clinic visit (including the Cancer Center) or an infusion visit.
- For pediatric patients, parents/guardians may visit 24/7.
- For NICU patients, visitation is allowed 24/7 but limited to two parents/guardians.
Labor and Delivery
- Three support people are allowed during the patient’s delivery and postpartum stay, including one overnight guest.
- Only one visitor is allowed in the post-anesthesia and triage rooms.
- Visiting hours are between noon and 8 p.m.
- Typically, one visitor at a time is allowed but must be cleared by the patient’s nurse.
- One visitor may accompany each patient in the pre-operative holding area.
- One visitor may be allowed in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) at the nurse's discretion, based on patient and unit status.
- No visitors under 18 years of age will be permitted in patient care areas of the IPP.
- All visitors under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Visitor passes are required to visit any patient on any floor, and must be visible at all times. You must receive a new visitor pass each day you visit a patient.
- All visitors are required to provide an ID for a visitor pass. If you do not have an ID, a photo can be taken and added to your visitor pass.
- Visitors who are sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, or new onset of loss of taste and smell) may not visit.
Visitor Policies in Multiple Languages
- Políticas de visitantes en español (Spanish, pdf)
- Políticas de visitantes em português (Portuguese, pdf)
- Règleman vizitè yo an kreyòl ayisyen (Haitian Creole, pdf)
BMC is committed to ensuring that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences. BMC does not restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Visitors may include, but are not limited to, spouses, domestic partners, both different-sex and same-sex significant others, both different-sex and same-sex parents, other family members, friends and persons from a patient's community.
Smoking is strictly prohibited in any hospital building.
Restricted Cell Phone Use
Cellular phones may not be used in patient rooms or procedure areas.
Deliveries of Mail and Flowers Should Be Addressed To:
Patient's first and last name
Building and room number
(If you don't know the building or room, call 617.638.6800.)
Boston Medical Center
One Boston Medical Center Place
Boston, MA 02118
To safeguard patients, certain units such as Intensive Care Units and Medical Oncology Units restrict flower deliveries. We encourage you to check in with the nursing staff before sending or bringing flowers.
No Latex Balloons
Latex balloons are not permitted in the hospital. Mylar balloons are appreciated.
For visitors who have been exposed to infectious diseases such as Chicken Pox, Tuberculosis (TB), Mumps or Measles within three weeks of their visit, please speak with the patient's nurse before visiting.