News

MGH Hotline 8.20.10 ON AUG. 20, 1810, Drs. James Jackson and John Collins Warren circulated to the good people of Boston, a petition calling for the establishment of a hospital

MGH celebrates 200-year anniversary of the Circular Letter

18/Aug/2010

EARLY DAYS: Map, ca. 1842, showing Boston and vicinity

ON AUG. 20, 1810, Drs. James Jackson and John Collins Warren circulated to the good people of Boston, a petition calling for the establishment of a hospital. Their moving appeal for community support and funds for the project included the phrase, "When in distress every man becomes our neighbor" -- words that continue to guide the MGH's mission.

While the Circular Letter of 1810 laid the foundation for this great institution, the MGH remains extraordinary because of the people here today who are the foundation for our vibrant third century. This special edition of MGH Hotline includes a copy of the full Circular Letter and is the first of many special editions that will celebrate this significant and unique moment in our shared history. We look forward to continuing the celebrations during 2011-- our official bicentennial year.

We invite you to share in this celebration of "MGH 2011" and encourage you to send your thoughts and comments to mgh2011@partners.org.

Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president
David F. Torchiana, MD, MGPO chairman and CEO

patient

U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals 2014-2015

U.S. News & World Report ranks Mass General #1 in New England and #2 in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

Search the Mass General news archive

Search the archive for previously published news articles, press releases and publications.

View all departments

Departments and Centers at Mass General have a reputation for excellence in patient care. View a list of all departments.