About This Center

The Massachusetts General Hospital Critical Care Center is recognized both nationally and internationally for groundbreaking research and outstanding patient care.

History and Awards

The Golden Anniversary of Intensive Care (1961 – 2011)

The MGH celebrated its Golden Anniversary of Intensive Care on October 28, 2011. The Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) was established at MGH in October 1961 by Dr. Henning Pontoppidan, exactly 50 years ago. Noting an unacceptable variance in patient care and the challenges of managing patients scattered throughout the Hospital, Dr. Pontoppidan requested and received approval to create a specialized unit for patients with respiratory failure. When established, the RICU was a 5-bed multidisciplinary ICU on the second floor of the Phillips House (now the Founders Building). The RICU moved to Jackson 4 eight years later and then in 1999 to its current location on Ellison 4, reincarnated as the Surgical ICU (Ellison 4 SICU). On October 28th, staff both old and new from the RICU/SICU gathered to celebrate 50 years at MGH.

Henning Pontoppidan Visiting Professorship

Dr. Richard S. Hotchkiss, Inaugural Henning Pontoppidan Visiting Professor (September 1, 2011)

The MGH Critical Care Center welcomed Dr. Richard S. Hotchkiss as the First Annual Henning Pontoppidan Visiting Professor, September 1, 2011. Dr. Hotchkiss spoke about his research on "Emerging Concepts in the Pathophysiology and Therapy of Sepsis" at Grand Rounds for the Center and the Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine.

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U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals 2013-2014

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