History of Partners HealthCare

1994        1996        1997        1998        1999        2000        2001        2002        2003        2004        2005        2006        2007        2008       
        2010        2011        2012        2013        2014        2015


  • David F. Torchiana, MD, becomes President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. 
  • Harbor Medical Associates joins Partners HealthCare.



  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital joins Partners HealthCare.
  • McLean Hospital is named America's best hospital for psychiatric care by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Partners HealthCare becomes one of the first health care systems in the nation to offer whole genome sequencing, analysis, and interpretation to patients anywhere, bridging genetic research and clinical care.
  • The new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston opens in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Thirty-two Boston Marathon bombing survivors receive care in the new facility.
  • Lynn Malloy Stofer is named President of Partners Community Healthcare, Inc. (PCHI).
  • Kerry Watson is named President of Newton-Wellesley Hospital.


  • Neighborhood Health Plan joins Partners HealthCare
  • Partners is named the Most Charitable Corporate Contributor in the state of Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal.
  • Partners HealthCare, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) commit $10 million in college scholarships to local high school students.



  • Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA becomes President and CEO of Partners HealthCare.
  • Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, becomes President of Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  • The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is formed by the merger of The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Corporation, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands Corporation, Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital, Inc. and Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, Inc.
  • Partners achieved its goal of having 100% of its primary care and specialty physicians in ambulatory care on an electronic health record.
  • The Kraft Family gifts Partners $20 million to improve access to and quality of care for the neediest people in Massachusetts, across New England, and throughout the U.S.


  • Partners and its founding hospitals announce a new initiative to improve access and care for people with disabilities.
  • Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care opens in Danvers.
  • BWH multidisciplinary team of 35 completes a historic 17-hour partial face transplant procedure—the first in New England and the second in the country.
  • Partners’ founding hospitals, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital are once again ranked among the top ten nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll.  Boston is the only city in the nation with two hospitals in the top ten.
  • BWH’s Student Success Jobs Partnership receives NOVA Award from American Hospital Association. 98% of students go on to college and 94% major in health/science.
  • Partners physician-led Commission on Interaction with Industry recommends sweeping new policies on interaction with pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
  • Agreement is finalized on new Mass Mental Health Center across from BWH. The project is a collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.
  • MGH researcher Dr. Jack Szostak wins the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology.
  • James J. Mongan steps down as Partners HealthCare President and CEO.


  • Modern Physician names Dr. Mongan the most powerful physician executive in America; he also receives Modern Healthcare’s CEO IT Achievement Award.
  • Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center in Foxborough opens.
  • Partners’ comprehensive quality website launches with results on 72 different clinical performance measures.


  • Primary Care Loan repayment program begins in cooperation with Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.


  • Scott L. Rauch, MD, is named Chair, Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health, and President and Psychiatrist in Chief, McLean Hospital.
  • Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center opens at BWH.
  • Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Nantucket Cottage Hospital affiliate with MGH and become part of Partners HealthCare.
  • Partners Community Healthcare, Inc. (PCHI) Board resolves to require all PCHI primary care physicians to adopt an electronic medical record by the end of 2008, and all specialists by the end of 2009.



  • MGH surgeons repair a hole in the heart of star New England Patriot’s Linebacker Tedy Bruschi when he suffers a mild stroke at age 31. Following rehabilitation at Spaulding Hospital, Bruschi makes a full recovery and returns to the gridiron.
  • High risk Medicaid and uninsured patients with chronic disease are offered nurse coaching as part of Partners efforts to manage health care costs through disease management.
  • More than 100 Partners professionals head to the Gulf Coast to provide emergency care for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
  • 300 Boston Public School students attend the premier of Wired to Win at the Boston Museum of Science. The Partners-produced giant screen film depicts how the brains of bicyclists work during the grueling Tour de France race.
  • BWH, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health establish the Center for Surgery and Public Health in an effort to research and end disparities in surgical care outcomes.   


  • At BWH, for first time in U.S. history, five patients receive lung transplants in a 36-hour surgical marathon involving 100 surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other caregivers.  2004 also marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s first human organ transplant performed by a team led by BWH’s Joseph Murray, MD, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1990 for his accomplishment.
  • MGH opens the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care.
  • Thomas H. Lee, MD, is named Network President of Partners HealthCare and CEO of PCHI.
  • Mayor Menino launches first-in-the-nation task force to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in care.  Dr. Gary Gottlieb is named co-chair.


  • Dr. James Mongan becomes President and CEO of Partners HealthCare.
  • MGH is first hospital in New England to earn Magnet Hospital designation for excellence in nursing.


  • Dr. Thier steps down as Partners President and CEO. Dr. Mongan named successor.
  • Peter L. Slavin, MD, is named to succeed Dr. Mongan as MGH President.
  • Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, is named BWH President.
  • Robert G. Norton is named North Shore Medical Center President.


  • Michael S. Jellinek, MD, named Newton-Wellesley Hospital President.
  • David E. Storto named President Partners Continuing Care.
  • Partners HealthCare opens new research facility in Cambridge,  housing CIMIT and Harvard Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics.


  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Youville Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Cambridge enter into a clinical affiliation to expand inpatient and outpatient services. (Since its formation, Partners has also developed relationships with community health centers, VNAs, and other community based providers.)
  • Partners Home Care is created.
  • Bruce Walker, MD, and his colleagues at the MGH announce important research findings in the fight against HIV/AIDS.


  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital joins Partners HealthCare.
  • Under Dr. Thier’s leadership, and working closely with Senator Edward M. Kennedy and the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, Partners succeeds in forging a national effort to restore Medicare funding to teaching hospitals following crippling cuts from the Balanced Budget Act.
  • Integrated residency and fellowship programs total 25, offering residents and fellows exposure to more varied patient populations, clinical care settings, and methods of care.
  • PCHI membership approaches its original goal of 1,000 community-based physicians.  For the first time, Partners research activity and the opportunity to participate in clinical trials is extended to the PCHI network.


  • Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, is named Chair Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health.
  • Faulkner Hospital joins Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners HealthCare.
  • MGH announces $2.5 million contribution to renovate Charles/MGH Red Line station.
  • Inauguration of MGH-Partners Institute of Health Policy.


  • AtlantiCare Medical Center in Lynn joins North Shore Medical Center, and becomes part of Partners. (AtlantiCare changed its name to Union Hospital in 1999).
  • MGH hospital-wide diversity committee chaired by Dr. Mongan is established.
  • MGH is first hospital in the nation to attain top-level designation in three areas of service – adult trauma, pediatric trauma and adult burn.
  • BWH physician scientists identify C-reactive protein as an indicator of future risk of cardiovascular disease.  Later in 2001, Time magazine names BWH’s Paul Ridker, MD as one of America’s Ten Best Researchers in Science and Medicine for his work.



  • North Shore Medical Center (Salem Hospital, North Shore Children's Hospital, and Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital) becomes the first community-based system to become a full member of Partners.
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute forms a joint venture in adult oncology with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, named Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare.
  • Jack Connors, Jr. becomes Partners Board Chair, replacing co-chairs Harvard Business School Dean John H. McArthur and Ferdinand “Moose” Colloredo-Mansfeld.
  • Dr. Nesson becomes President and Dr. Thier becomes CEO of Partners HealthCare.  Later in 1996, Dr. Nesson turns over the CEO reigns to Dr. Thier, but remains a key strategist.  Following Dr. Nesson’s untimely death in 1998, Dr. Thier carried their joint vision forward.
  • James J. Mongan, MD becomes President of MGH. University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine names a fellowship in health policy in honor of Dr. Mongan.
  • MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center opens new location. Between 1996 and 2010 Partners has invested $77 million in capital funds to renovate, build and modernize its operated and affiliated community health centers, and has provided $27 million annually in health center operating subsidies. These health centers serve some 325,000 mostly low income patients in Boston area neighborhoods.



  • Partners HealthCare is founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). H. Richard Nesson, MD, President of Brigham and Women’s Hospital becomes CEO of Partners HealthCare. Samuel O. Thier, MD, President of Massachusetts General Hospital becomes President of Partners HealthCare. 
  • In addition to its founding academic medical centers, Partners HealthCare includes McLean Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and five MGH and BWH licensed community health centers in Charlestown, Chelsea, Jamaica Plain (2), and Revere.
  • Partners Community Healthcare Inc. (PCHI) physician network is formed.



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