Tufts-New England Medical Center changed its name to Tufts Medical Center on March 4, reflecting the hospital’s close relationship with Tufts University. The medical center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine.
“This is an extremely exciting day for our medical center,” says 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.”
The relationship between the hospital, founded in 1796 and Boston’s oldest, and the university is quite close given that both institutions operate independently and will continue to do so. The School of Medicine’s campus is located steps from the medical center in downtown Boston, as are the 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. President Lawrence S. Bacow and medical school Dean Michael Rosenblatt 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,” says 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.”
“We’ve been partners for a long, long time, and it makes perfect sense that we should project a partnered, co-branded image,” adds Rosenblatt. “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.”
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.