Boston's longest-serving mayor governs from his hospital bed

Boston Mayor Tom Menino has battled infections, a compression fracture

November 28, 2012

The city of Boston for the past five weeks has been run from a bed at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where Beantown's 69-year-old mayor has been battling infections, a blood clot, and a compression fracture.

Despite being hospital bound since Oct. 26, Mayor Tom Menino (D)—who has held the position since 1993—has continued making policy decisions and holding meetings with staff and city officials, including the police commissioner and the director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

"If anybody were to ask, Mayor Menino's still in charge—that's for sure," former city councilor Michael McCormack says.

Physicians have not released a recovery timeline for Menino, who was moved to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Monday (Malone, Reuters, 11/26; Fox, The Boston Globe, 11/23; Palumbo, NECN, 11/26).

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