Reprinted from Boston Herald
Massachusetts General Hospital says it will spend more than $1 billion to expand its Boston campus to address growing capacity challenges.
In an email sent to employees Tuesday, MGH president Peter Slavin announced the hospital plans to build a 12-story structure for 450 single-bed rooms housed in a pair of connected towers. The new building is a “much-needed, vital structure that will enable the MGH to deliver 21st century care in a 21st century environment,” Slavin wrote.
The new additions will be located entirely within MGH’s current campus, with a facade along Cambridge Street, extending from North Grove Street (the main hospital entrance) to Blossom Street and going back to Parkman Street.
Single-bed rooms are the national standard of care for new hospital construction as they offers privacy, space for families, and a quiet environment for patients to recover. Currently, 38 percent of MGH’s beds are in single rooms, which Slavin said is “far less than most other hospitals in Boston and lagging well behind national peer institutions.”
MGH, which is owned by Partners Healthcare, will file a letter of intent with city planners at the Boston Planning & Development Agency today. The hospital’s major development project is slated to start in 2020 and completed by 2026, Slavin wrote in his email.
“It’s important that our hospitals are making the improvements needed to keep Boston at the global forefront of health care,” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement to the Herald. “We look forward to closely reviewing Mass General Hospital’s proposal once it is filed and beginning the comprehensive public process with input from the community.”
Below the building will be six levels of underground parking that can accommodate more than 1,000 vehicles, Slavin said, replacing the spaces from the hospital’s Parkman Garage. Several MGH buildings will be demolished and redeveloped.
The hospital’s announcement comes as Boston Children Hospital’s $1 billion Longwood campus expansion is underway. Children’s plans to complete its new 11-story clinical building by 2021, adding 71 new beds to the existing 404 beds already there, and will construct a new outpatient center in Brookline.
Slavin said he understands the large campus expansion “may raise questions about whether the costs of the facility will increase the overall cost of health care,” but assured employees a “significant source of funding” will come from philanthropy.
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