When is a Hospital not a Hospital?

When it is the Vincent Memorial Hospital, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) philanthropic corporation whose sole purpose is to support women’s care at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Founded in 1891 as a free standing hospital for women in Boston’s West End, the Vincent Memorial Hospital moved to the Mass General in 1942.  In 1988, all Vincent clinical, teaching and research programs became part of Mass General when the Vincent’s independent hospital license was allowed to expire.  Yet the Vincent Memorial Hospital did not disappear.  Its philanthropic purpose was reaffirmed and its unique role as a vehicle for the support of women’s care has continued.

Today, the Vincent Memorial Hospital (VMH) provides much needed philanthropic support to the MGH Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, under the direction of Isaac Schiff, M.D.  The Department, the third largest admitting department at MGH after those of Medicine and Surgery, offers the full array of gynecologic subspecialties and is responsible for more than 3,500 deliveries per year.

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