Providing Care for All

The Boston Dispensary grew rapidly and continued to find new and innovative ways to care for the city’s underserved working and poor population. Some of its more notable innovations included having volunteer doctors and nurses provide free visits to district residents that needed medical care, creating dental and nutrition clinics, and - most famously - starting an evening clinic that was partially employer-funded, and which was designed to treat the city’s “working poor.” 

A Modern Leader

The Tufts Medical Center campus remains in the downtown Boston neighborhood where the original Boston Dispensary was founded over 200 years ago. We’re proud to play a leadership role in America’s development of modern medicine, while continuing to be molded by our historic mission to serve our community.

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