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Tufts-NEMC changes name to Tufts Medical Center
-- New name highlights affiliation between teaching hospital and Tufts University --
BOSTON – Tufts-New England Medical Center announced today that it has changed its name to Tufts Medical Center, a shorter name that better reflects the hospital’s close relationship with Tufts University. The Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine.
Floating Hospital for Children, the full-service children’s hospital on the Tufts Medical Center campus, will retain its name and will have a new logo that highlights its status as a free-standing children’s hospital and its place in the Tufts Medical Center organization. The hospital will be referred to as Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
“This is an extremely exciting day for our Medical Center,” said Ellen Zane, president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “Our new name showcases the exceptional partnership we have with Tufts University. It is this robust and unwavering collaboration that allows Tufts Medical Center to offer the highest level of academic medicine and research to the patients, families, referring physicians and communities whom we honorably serve. We are proud to highlight this affiliation through the organization’s name. An added benefit of our new name is that it is shorter and easier to say and remember.”
The relationship between the hospital and the university is uniquely close given that both institutions operate independently and will continue to do so. Tufts University School of Medicine’s campus is located steps from the Medical Center in downtown Boston, as is the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Seventeen of the 18 Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) physician faculty chairs reside at Tufts Medical Center. Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow and TUSM Dean Michael Rosenblatt, MD actively serve on the Medical Center’s board, and Zane holds a seat on the Medical School’s Board of Overseers.
“Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center have a long history of collaboration,” said Bacow. “We share the goal of advancing health care and medical research, and thousands of Tufts medical students have gained superb clinical skills as a result of their training at the Medical Center. In today’s constantly changing environment for health care, this relationship is a source of strength and excellence for both institutions.”
The cross-collaboration and shared commitment between the two institutions creates one of the greatest concentrations of medical and administrative leadership at any academic medical center in the region. Benefiting from this close physical proximity and a shared mission and vision, physicians and researchers at the organizations are able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams to better serve patients, improve outcomes, collaborate on important research projects and teach the next generation of physicians.
“We’ve been partners for a long, long time, and it makes perfect sense that we should project a partnered, co-branded image. The Medical Center is a crucial component to our success, as we are to theirs. Tufts University School of Medicine and now Tufts Medical Center remain poised to grow and succeed, while continuing to meet the educational, research and health care needs of our communities,” said Rosenblatt, MD.
In the past year, Tufts Medical Center has posted its strongest fiscal performance in recent history and continued to build on its exceptional tradition of quality medical care and research. The hospital performed more heart transplants than any other hospital in Boston and all of New England. Zane and Rosenblatt together recruited John Schreiber, MD, a seasoned pediatric leader to grow Floating Hospital for Children. Ken Miller, MD, one of the country’s most talented and successful bone marrow transplant physicians, returned to the Medical Center along with more than 70 new physician recruits. The hospital also announced the appointment of Michael Mendelsohn, MD, as Chief Scientific Officer to strengthen the Medical Center’s global research endeavors.
“Tufts Medical Center has been a key institution in our region for 211 years. The new name highlights its relationship with Tufts University and emphasizes its commitment to medical innovation and teaching,” said Tufts Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph P. Campanelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Bancorp. Inc. and Sovereign Bank.
The Medical Center will launch a new marketing and advertising campaign announcing its name and highlighting the strengths and services of the organization. While Tufts Medical Center is celebrating its new name with outreach to employees and the community, it is making changes in an environmentally-conscious and cost-effective way. With that in mind, printed materials will be updated as they are consumed.
“It is an exciting time at our Medical Center, and it is certainly an appropriate time to launch a new name that rightly identifies us as close partners with Tufts University,” Zane said.