Sunday, July 31, 2022

Brigham & Women's Hospital, our Trusted Link for July 2022

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital is an academic medical center and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Its member hospitals provide nearly 1,000 patient beds, and it employs almost 5,000 scientists. U.S. News ranks it #14 among Best Hospitals and #2 in its region. In specialties, it's #1 in the nation for Obstetrics & Gynecology, #4 in Cancer, #5 in Rheumatology, and #10 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery. 

In 1980, Brigham and Women's was created by the merger of three hospitals: Boston Women's Hospital, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital for arthritis and joint diseases. In 1998, they were joined by The Faulkner, a Boston community hospital. 

Core service lines

  • 1832: Boston Lying-in Hospital, one of 1st maternity hospitals in U.S., opens
  • 1875: Free Hospital for Women founded, including Boston's 1st cancer ward
  • 1913: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital founded
  • 1914: Robert Breck Brigham Hospital for arthritis and joint diseases founded by the nephew of Peter Bent Brigham
  • Breakthroughs at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital:
    • 1923: World's 1st successful heart valve surgery
    • 1949: Blood transfusion system developed
    • 1954:  World's 1st successful kidney transplant
    • 1962: DC electric current used to restore heart rhythm
  • 1966: Boston Lying-in Hospital and Free Hospital for Women merge to form the Boston Hospital for Women
  • 1990: Nobel Prize awarded to Brigham and Women's Dr. Joseph Murray for pioneering work in organ transplants
  • 2004: Nation's 1st Electronic Medication Administration System
  • 2005: Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) established. 
  • 2013: Brigham Digital Innovation Hub founded. 


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