MA General Hospital Announces $1B Expansion


Massachusetts General Hospital unveiled a plan earlier this month for a $1 billion campus renovation. While still in the preliminary stages, the expansion is slated to begin by 2020 and finish by 2026.

The Plan

“Creating such a transformative, forward-looking facility is essential for the MGH to continue to build upon its proud two-century tradition as a leading center of exceptional medicine, compassionate care and hope,” MGH President Peter Slavin said in an email to employees.

“We want to provide the MGH community with a sneak preview of the facility we are looking to build and share with you the vision for how our campus is likely to evolve in the coming years.”

The project is possibly the largest ever proposed by a hospital in Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe, and will aim to restructure a portion of downtown Boston. All of the new additions will be constructed on property the hospital already owns and will replace structures such as a parking garage and an office building, among others.

Additions include:

  • A 12-story structure that includes about 1 million gross square feet;
  • 450 single-bed patient rooms housed in two parallel towers in the top six floors of the new building;
  • Operating/interventional rooms;
  • A procedural suite;
  • Imaging facilities;
  • Exam rooms;
  • Infusion centers;
  • Dietary, pharmacy and clinical support services;
  • A café;
  • Retail space at ground level;
  • Six levels of underground parking with more than 1,000 spaces;
  • Two mechanical floors—one in the middle and one on the roof—that will host utilities, services and technology to monitor and control the facility’s systems; and
  • A seven-story campus services facility.

“Moving several large services to the new facility will free up space in existing buildings, creating an opportunity to expand programs to address specific needs, such as increasing the number of behavioral health inpatient beds for adults, creating a pediatric behavioral health inpatient unit, and expanding the substance use disorder program,” said Slavin.

Large swaths of the hospital are outdated, according to reports. The Globe notes that some of the patient floors still in use were constructed around World War II. The expansion aims to renew the campus to keep it “a world-class academic medical center.”

The structured nonprofit earned $252.4 million in income from operations last fiscal year, according to The Globe, on revenue of about $4.1 billion, and it has begun a campaign to raise $3 billion from private donors for programs over the next seven years.

Officials anticipate that 20-30 percent of the construction costs will be paid for by donations.

The project also still needs approval from several agencies, including the Boston Planning & Development Agency and the state Department of Health.


Tagged categories: Expansions; Health Care/Hospitals; Maintenance + Renovation; North America; Renovation; Upcoming projects

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