The Dimock Center

Who We Are

The Dimock Center is the leader in providing health and human services to Boston’s urban neighborhoods. Located on a nine-acre campus that has National Historic Landmark status with 15 off-site locations, Dimock’s physicians and staff receive over 40,000 patient visits annually.

Our mission is to enhance the health, well being and potential of the people we serve by providing high quality accessible health care human services, education and skills development through four delivery clusters: Health and Community Care (HIV) Services, Behavioral Health Services, Child and Family Services and Workforce Development. This comprehensive model of care permits referrals across the system for clients with multiple needs.

Dimock, was incorporated in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children and flourished under the stewardship of Marie Elizabeth Zakrzewska (Zak-SHEF-ska), a young Polish doctor who devoted her life to providing excellent medical care and service to women. The hospital distinguished itself as a training center for women physicians and nurses and graduated the nation’s first nurse, Linda Richards, in 1873 and the first African American nurse, Mary Eliza Mahoney, in 1879.

In 1969, parallel with the changing needs of its community, Board of Directors shifted from a hospital orientation and inaugurated "Dimock Community Health Center". As a community-based program, Dimock is better positioned to address the traditional needs of its service area, as well as the social and economic factors that impact so profoundly on individual and family health.

In addition to the services offered in our cluster groups, our affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provides additional medical services ranging from primary and specialty care in the Adult Medicine department to OB/GYN services provided by a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual staff.

Today, THE DIMOCK CENTER is operating as an innovative, nonprofit, minority-directed agency under the leadership of President and CEO Ruth Ellen Fitch.  Dimock is proud to be Boston’s largest and most comprehensive health and human services agency.