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Feeney, Maureen / Research collection on the merger of Boston City Hospital and University Hospital : Records, 1992-2009


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This collection about the merger of Boston City Hospital and University Hospital was donated to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston by Maureen Feeney on October 16, 2009.


Maureen Feeney was elected to the Boston City Council in 1993, after a career in the insurance industry. She has served as Vice President of the City Council, chaired the committees on Government Operations, City & Neighborhood Services, Housing, Health and Human Services, Census and Redistricting 2002, and Boston 2004. She has also served as the Vice-Chair for the committee on Ways & Means and the committee on Education. On January 1, 2007, the Boston City Council elected Maureen as its president in a unanimous vote, a post which makes her only the second woman to lead the body. She was reelected unanimously as Council President on January 7, 2008, making her the longest serving woman president in the history of the Boston City Council. She was an early leader in the effort to merge University and Boston City hospitals, guiding the enabling legislation creating Boston Medical Center to its enactment while ensuring that medical care for the needy remained a substantial part of its core mission. She is an acknowledged expert in the delivery of health care services and has taken a strong stand in protecting the many non-profit care facilities which serve her constituents, especially the several neighborhood health centers located in the neighborhoods she represents. She has also devoted her efforts to improving education and has been in the forefront of advocating appropriate economic development in Dorchester and throughout Boston. In addition to her legislative work, Maureen is also a Trustee of the Boston Medical Center and sits on the Board of Directors of the Daniel Marr 'Boys and Girls' Club.

Scope and Content

This collection was assembled by Maureen Feeney as part of capstone project for the B.A. requirements in the UMass Boston Labor Program. It documents the process of the merger of Boston City Hospital and the University Hospital to create Boston Medical Center. In order to weather economic conditions, the two hospitals were merged in July 1995, creating one privatized hospital from a former public hospital and a former university hospital. This collection documents the labor protests against this merger, as well as the union’s negotiations for a public hospital and ultimate acquiescence to a private one. Also included in the collection are documents and reports that provide background information about the merger and legislation. A critical narrative by Feeney summarizes the merger. The records have been arranged into five series:

Series I: Legislative and Merger Information

Series II: Boston Public Health Information

Series III: Emergency Medical Services and House Officer’s Association Information

Series IV: Union Information

Series V: Additional Miscellaneous