Serving the Community

drkazlasandstudentThe Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary was founded in 1824 as a one-room clinic to treat those in the Boston community who needed eye care. Mass. Eye and Ear’s services have expanded since then, but our commitment to serving the community continues as part of the hospital’s community benefits program.

Community Benefits Mission Statement

As part the community benefits planning process, the Community Benefits Committee conducted an every-three-year needs assessment. A committee designated by Mass. Eye and Ear's Board of Directors approved the assessment, implantation strategy and plan, and report. In addition, they re-affirmed the hospital's Community Benefits Mission Statement, which is:

Be it resolved:

  • That  Massachusetts Eye and Ear hereby reaffirms its commitment to serve the identified health care needs of its constituent communities/patient populations (“the designated community”).
  • That designated community is further defined for this purpose as residents of the Greater Boston area with, or at risk of, disorders of vision, hearing, voice or speech, with a special emphasis on underserved populations.
  • That such a commitment is recognized as an integral part of the mission of Mass. Eye and Ear.
  • That efforts to fulfill this commitment will build upon traditional partnerships between Mass. Eye and Ear and the designated community, recognizing the value of such collaboration.
  • That Mass. Eye and Ear will develop, implement, and update as necessary a formal plan for fulfilling this commitment, which plan will include allocation of appropriate resources to address identified health care needs of the designated community.

Community Benefits Plan

Read our full Community Benefits Needs Assessment, Community Benefits Plan and Report for Fiscal Year 2019. This PDF includes a description of our needs assessment process and findings, our Community Benefits Committee, our Logic Model, our targets and progress towards these targets, and more.

Contact Information

Erin Duggan
Director of External Relations 
Massachusetts Eye and Ear  
243 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114