BWH 101: What You Need to Know First

There’s a lot to know and do at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and you don’t need to know and do it all at once. As a new employee, you have embarked on the “On-boarding” phase of your career here -- a period in which you will be adjusting to your new role, our organization, and culture. On-boarding is a process, not a one-time event, and the aim of this process is to make sure that you feel proud of your part in the organization, and confident that you can meet your new responsibilities.

While it will take a while for you to feel fully “on board,” there are some things you will need to be aware of first. The information and links on this page will get you started.

Brigham and Women's Hospital - History, mission, vision, and values

In joining the BWH community, you have become part of a world-class, world-renowned institution, with:

Milestones in BWH History

Learn more about BWH’s history, present, and future by taking the BWH BluePrint Tour, a self-guided walking tour of the hospital. Access the BluePrint Tour using your smartphone's QR Code scanner, or borrow one of our devices.

Whatever your responsibilities in your new position, be assured that you play an important role in helping achieve BWH’s vision of transforming the future of healthcare, through science, education and compassionate care, locally and globally.

Who We Are and Where We Are Located

Brigham and Women’s Hospital belongs to a large family of health care facilities and providers that are part of the Partners Healthcare System. This organization chart shows all the related organizations that make up the Partners family.

Learn about BWH’s Leadership here

Brigham and Women's Hospital clinical, administrative and support staff work in more than 50 buildings that are distributed throughout Greater Boston. Click here to learn about all our locations and their areas of specialization.

Partners Phone Directory is your key to reaching any staff member or department of any of the Partners affiliated facilities, including BWH. Be sure to check out these FAQ’s about using the PPD.

Emergency Management

All staff need to know the codes used to designate various emergencies. Responses to emergencies are initiated by calling the Stat Line (2-6555) to report the type of code and location of the incident.

For complete information on dealing with emergencies (including medical, fire, bomb threat or suspicious package, or other emergencies), see this page, including the links on the right-hand side of the page.


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