A Full-service Teaching Institution

Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service pediatric hospital of Tufts Medical Center, and the principal pediatric teaching and research institution for Tufts University School of Medicine. As a major academic medical institution with innovative programs in clinical care, research, education and health care delivery, Floating Hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in every area of pediatric specialization, for infants through adolescence.

Why Floating Hospital?

Floating Hospital for Children began as a hospital ship sailing the Boston Harbor in 1894. Heralded as a major innovation in pediatric medicine, the mission of the hospital ship was to take ill urban children out onto the harbor to experience the healing qualities of fresh sea air and sunshine. It wasn’t until the late 1920’s that Floating Hospital left the harbor waters and created an on-shore facility for research and clinical specialties. 

What We Do

We strive to heal, comfort, teach, learn, and seek the knowledge to promote health and prevent disease. Our patients and their families are at the center of everything we do. At Floating Hospital for Children, we practice family-centered care, which means that you will work directly with patients and families to bring their perspectives directly into the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care. We believe that the best outcomes happen through close relationships between health care professionals, the children and their families.