In 1996, it took all of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s political muscle to pull off what some consider a managerial miracle. Despite intense union opposition, a reluctant city council and concerns about health care costs, Menino fought successfully for the merger of two city hospitals that had been founded in the mid-19th century.
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Today, Boston Medical Center stands as an enduring legacy to Menino’s efforts to serve the health needs of the city’s neediest citizens.
On Thursday a steady stream of ambulances, people in wheelchairs and children pushed in strollers entered and left the Menino Pavillion on the Boston Medical Center campus.
“Me and all my children go here. It’s a great hospital,” said Jasmine Vigo, who was leaving the Menino Center with her infant son.
“He was wheezing. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t like a viral infection or something like that. He didn’t,” she said.
Vigo said she had all four of her children in the Menino building.
The eight-story brick building, bearing the former mayor’s name, contains clinics for adults and obstetrics. Its emergency room is the busiest in the Northeast. Meanwhile, its pediatric clinic provides health care to 30,000 kids a year — and that’s just at this one building on the sprawling Boston Medical Center campus.