Tufts Children's Hospital

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Tufts Children's Hospital
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Location755 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°21′00″N 71°03′52″W / 42.349912°N 71.064340°W / 42.349912; -71.064340
Care systemNonprofit
Type Teaching
Affiliated university Tufts University School of Medicine
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Website https://www.tuftschildrenshospital.org/

Tufts Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts is a downtown Boston pediatric hospital owned by Tufts Medical Center, [1] occupying the space between Chinatown and the Boston Theater District. [2]

The 128-bed children’s hospital offers pediatric inpatient and outpatient services in every medical and surgical specialty. Tufts Children's Hospital is also the principal pediatric teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine, where all full-time physicians hold faculty appointments.

Tufts Children's Hospital is a member of Wellforce and has affiliations with hospitals in the community, including Lawrence General Hospital, [3] Lowell General Hospital, [4] MetroWest Medical Center, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital. [5] Children's Hospital Specialty Centers in Woburn, Chelmsford, Westford and Lawrence provide sub-specialist care for children on an outpatient basis. Along with the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), a 1,600-physician network, who provide care to patients throughout eastern Massachusetts. NEQCA’s primary care physicians care for more than 550,000 patients.


The Harvard medical school and its clinical opportunities (1916) (14777891004)
The Harvard medical school and its clinical opportunities (1916) (14777893714)

Floating Hospital for Children began as a hospital ship sailing the Boston Harbor for the first time in 1894. [6] For a time, the boat was also used for parties on Boston harbor, with the leisure cruise ending at midnight and hospital services opening at 8am. [7] Heralded as a major innovation in pediatric medicine, the mission of the hospital ship was to take ill urban children out onto the harbor to experience the healing qualities[ further explanation needed] of fresh sea air and sunshine. [8] By the end of the first summer, 1,100 children were treated. For 33 years, Floating Hospital for Children was located on two successive vessels helping children and educating mothers about dysentery and other important health issues. Furthermore, two major advancements made on board were the development of a human milk bank to supply breast milk to sick infants, [9] and the creation of the first effective synthetic milk product for infants ( infant formula), still sold worldwide today as Similac. [10] The Floating Hospital claims to be the first with air conditioning in 1906, [11] though the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast claims to be the world's first air-conditioned public building.

In 1927 the Floating Hospital ship was destroyed by fire, and an on-shore facility was created for research and some clinical specialties. [12] [13] It also began an affiliation with Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center's predecessor, the Boston Dispensary. Floating Hospital for Children officially merged with Tufts Medical Center in 1965, [14] but retained its name until it became Tufts Children's Hospital in 2020. [15]

Emergency Medicine

Tufts Children's Hospital is home to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (the oldest pediatric trauma center in the country) and is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.


The Tufts Medical Center MBTA Station is on the MBTA Orange Line and there is a connecting Silver Line stop beneath the overpass connecting the main atrium with Tufts Children's Hospital. Also within a short walking distance is South Station, a major transportation hub serving the MBTA Commuter Rail, MBTA Red Line, Greyhound Lines, Amtrak, and several Chinatown buses with links to New York City.


  1. ^ About Tufts Medical Center NEQCA.org, Retrieved 3 Nov. 2015
  2. ^ Historic Markers: Chinatown/Theater District BostonHistory.org, Retrieved 3 Nov. 2015
  3. ^ Top Floating Hospital for Children Pediatricians Now at Lawrence General LawrenceGeneral.org, Retrieved 3 Nov. 2015
  4. ^ Our Affiliations Greater Lowell Pediatrics, Retrieved 3 Nov. 2015
  5. ^ Tufts Floating Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital Form Pediatric Partnership CapeCod.com 29 Oct. 2015, Retrieved 3 Nov. 2015
  6. ^ A History of the Boston Floating Hospital American Academy of Pediatrics, April 1957, Retrieved 2 Nov. 2015
  7. ^ 12 Things You Didn’t Know About The History Of Boston’s Floating Hospital For Children Radio Boston 1 Oct. 2014, Retrieved 1 Nov. 2015
  8. ^ Inside the Floating Hospital for Children Boston.com, Retrieved 2 Nov. 2015
  9. ^ History of U.S. Milk Banking Mother's Milk Bank of Western Great Lakes, Retrieved 12 Nov. 2015
  10. ^ History on the Hill: Floating Hospital for Children The Tufts Daily, 9 Oct. 2014, Retrieved 2 Nov. 2015
  11. ^ "Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Timeline - Greatest Engineering Achievements of the Twentieth Century". www.greatachievements.org.
  12. ^ Long-Lived Floating Hospital Is Still Going, Just Not Floating New York Times 1 Sept. 2003, Retrieved 12 Nov. 2015
  13. ^ Inside the Floating Hospital for Children Boston.com, Retrieved 2 Nov. 2015
  14. ^ NEMC archives - Boston Floating Hospital, 1890-2014 Tufts Digital Library, Retrieved 2 Nov. 2015
  15. ^ "Floating Hospital renamed Tufts Children's Hospital | Tufts Children's Hospital". www.tuftschildrenshospital.org. Retrieved 2020-09-21.

Further reading

  • Lucie Prinz; Jacoba van Schaik (2014). The Boston Floating Hospital: How a Boston Harbor Barge Changed the Course of Pediatric Medicine. Boston Floating Hospital. ISBN  978-1934598153.

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