The Bureau of Public Health Hospitals is a system of four multi-specialty hospitals overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Together, we maintain, protect, and improve the health and well-being for residents of the Commonwealth.
Who we serve
Our four multi-specialty hospitals provide acute and chronic medical care to individuals and is fully accredited as a hospital by The Joint Commission and meets the Conditions of Participation set by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) standards to ensure high quality care.
With an average daily census of over 700 patients, these hospitals serve as the Commonwealth’s medical safety net providing care for vulnerable patients whose complex medical and psychiatric co-morbidities prove to be a challenge to more traditional medical settings.
The Public Health Hospitals provide high quality medical care in a professional and caring manner. Each Public Health Hospital is Joint Commission accredited, providing 24/7 nursing and medical services and a full range of ancillary services.
- Lemuel Shattuck Hospital (LSH) – LSH operates a 248 bed Joint Commission accredited hospital located in Jamaica Plain on a 15-acre campus. At present, there are 147 medical-surgical beds, 6 MICU beds and 75 psychiatric. LSH is currently converting office space on the psychiatric units to patient rooms; this will add 20 beds for a total of 95 psychiatric beds. Of the 147 medical-surgical beds, 29 are Department of Correction beds. The Hospital's services help economically and socially disadvantaged patients to get high quality, cost-effective care from a staff that respects their dignity.
- Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children (PRHC) - Previously known as The Massachusetts Hospital School but was renamed in 2016 to PRHC. It was established in 1907 and is a 60-bed Joint Commission accredited pediatric chronic care hospital serving children and young adults (ages 7 to 22+). The mission of the PRHC is to provide medical, rehabilitative, educational, recreational, habilitative, transitional, and complementary alternative medical services to these children and young adults. Each patient’s individual treatment plan is carefully designed and rigorously followed to ensure all patients achieve the optimal level of independence in every aspect of their life.
Tewksbury Hospital (TH) – TH operates a 354 bed Joint Commission accredited hospital. Its mission is to provide comprehensive treatment, care, and comfort to adults with medical and/or mental illnesses. The bed capacity is 210 complex chronic medical adult beds over 7 inpatient units (DPH) and 144 psychiatric beds (DMH) over 5 inpatient units.
Western Massachusetts Hospital (WMH) – WMH operates an 87-bed Joint Commission accredited long-term, acute medical and specialty care facility. Since 1910, it continues to play an important role in the state’s healthcare system serving as a medical safety net for citizens residing in the western region of Massachusetts providing care and treatment to patients with a variety of chronic diseases and complicated medical conditions.