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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Headquarters: 243 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-523-7900
Employees: 1,526
CEO: John Fernandez
Privately held

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The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is a specialty hospital dedicated to excellence in the care of disorders that affect the eye, ear, nose, throat, and adjacent regions of the head and neck. The Mass. Eye and Ear provides primary care and serves as a referral center for outpatient and inpatient medical and surgical care.

The hospital has 42 inpatient beds and 17 operating rooms. There are 323 community-based physicians and 230 nurses serving the hospital.

Mass. Eye and Ear is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and is ranked among the top five in eye and ear specialities by U.S. News.


In 1824, two young eye surgeons named John Jeffries and Edward Reynolds established a one-room charitable eye clinic in Boston. Soon they began to treat ear diseases as well. In 1827, the clinic was incorporated as the Massachusetts Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary. Charitable was dropped from the name in 1925.

In 1900, Dr. Frederick Verhoeff, Mass. Eye and Ear's first full-time researcher/pathologist, established the first eye pathology laboratory in the United States and successfully established an endowed research department at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Another milestone in the Mass. Eye and Ear’s early history was the establishment of the first isolation accommodations for infectious patients in the pre-antibiotic era.


Our benefits package offers you a choice of three health care plans, hospital sponsored life insurance and long term disability coverage.  For the long term, we provide a non-contributory pension plan along with a matching tax sheltered annuity program.  Rounding out this package is a generous time off program.  All benefits described are governed by official benefit plan documents and formal policies that are subject to change.  To be eligible for benefits, you must be regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week.  Benefits are pro-rated for part-time employees.

Medical/Dental Coverage

You have a selection of three health plans and one dental plan.  The hospital assumes a portion of the health insurance premium based on relative cost of each plan.

Flexible Spending Accounts

You may establish a flexible spending account for Health Care and/or Dependent Care expenses.  Each account offers a pre-tax $5,000 annual maximum.

Life Insurance

You receive one times your pay in life insurance.  You may also choose to purchase additional life insurance for yourself, a spouse or dependent children.

Long Term Disability (LTD)

Long Term Disability coverage is offered to employees (30 hour per week minimum) with a benefit level at 60% of pay.

Tax-Sheltered Annuity Match Program

Tax-Sheltered annuities permit you to save on a pre-tax basis for retirement with Fidelity, Lincoln or TIAA-CREF.  The hospital offers a match on these savings.

Pension Plan Account

Mass. Eye and Ear pays the full cost of the plan for eligible employees. Contributions are based on years of benefit service.

Tuition Reimbursement

After six months of service, you are eligible for $1,500 per fiscal year.

Time Off

Most regular full-time employees accrue a minimum of three weeks of vacation per year.  You can accrue up to a maximum of four weeks in your sixth year of employment.  Mass. Eye and Ear celebrates nine holidays per year.  Employees also earn from one to three personal days based on years of service.

Work/Life Resources

There are a wide variety of resources available to assist employees with maintaining a healthy balance.  Our Employee Assistance Program, Harvard Credit Union, child/adult/eldercare programs and College Coach benefit help you meet the challenge of balancing work and family.  Mass. Eye and Ear also offers a 10% commuting subsidy for MBTA/Commuter Rail passes.

Updated May 15, 2011


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