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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Joins Partners HealthCare

April 02, 2018

Boston, Mass. — Partners HealthCare announced today that Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a specialty teaching hospital in Boston with patient care sites throughout the region, is now a member of the Partners HealthCare system. The transaction closed on Sunday, April 1, following a rigorous regulatory review that ended in mid-February. 

“Together, we can improve access to Mass. Eye and Ear services with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for families throughout the region and around the world,” said Gregg Meyer, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Partners HealthCare. “By combining the research efforts of both organizations, we hope to accelerate medicine’s search for new cures for deafness and blindness.” 

“We believe that joining Partners HealthCare puts Mass. Eye and Ear in position to best serve the broad spectrum of patients who require our services, including the rapidly growing aging population,” said John Fernandez, President of Mass. Eye and Ear. “Beyond patient care, this strengthened relationship will further advance research and innovation.” 

Founded in Boston in 1824, Mass. Eye and Ear is the oldest eye and ear, nose and throat hospital in the country. Mass. Eye and Ear physicians provide patient care at 19 locations in greater Boston and Providence, RI. Mass. Eye and Ear is also home to the world’s largest vision and hearing research centers, as well as the Harvard Medical School training programs in ophthalmology (eye) and otolaryngology (ENT). 

Mass. Eye and Ear will keep its name and hospital license, and remain a not-for-profit charitable health care organization, with its own board of directors, executive leadership team, medical and research staff, and community outreach and fundraising activities. 

“By joining forces with Partners HealthCare, Mass. Eye and Ear has entered the world of integrated health care,” said Wycliffe “Wyc” Grousbeck, Chairman of the Mass. Eye and Ear Board of Directors. “We know this change will be transformative for our patients, and for all who hope to eradicate blindness, deafness and other debilitating diseases of the head and neck.” In addition to his role leading the Mass. Eye and Ear Board, Mr. Grousbeck will join the board of Partners.

Media Contacts:
Rich Copp
Partners HealthCare
617-278-1031

Jennifer Street
Mass. Eye and Ear
617-573-3424

About Partners HealthCare
Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, community health centers, a physician network, home health and long-term care services, and other health-related entities. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.

About Massachusetts Eye and Ear 
Massachusetts Eye and Ear, founded in 1824, is an international center for treatment and research and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Specializing in ophthalmology (eye care) and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (ear, nose and throat care), Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians provide care ranging from the routine to the very complex. Also home to the world's largest community of hearing and vision researchers, Mass. Eye and Ear has pioneered new treatments for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck. Our scientists are driven by a mission to discover the basic biology underlying these conditions and to develop new treatments and cures. In the 2017-2018 "Best Hospitals Survey," U.S. News & World Report ranked Mass. Eye and Ear #1 in New England for eye (#4 in nation) and ear, nose and throat care (#2 in nation).For more information about life-changing care and research at Mass. Eye and Ear, please visit our blog, Focus, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.