Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Needham, Mass., a branch of Bostons 503-bed Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has begun fundraising efforts for a $30 million expansion, which, pending city approval, will begin in December, according to hospital officials.
The medical center affiliated with (the Needham hospital) three years ago, and when we arrived, Needham had low census and was losing money, said Jeffrey Liebman, president and chief executive officer of Beth Israel Needham. Now, weve added about 40 new doctors in the last four years, and thats driving patient volume. Weve seen double-digit growth in our discharges and a 6% to 8% increase in our emergency department visits. Weve literally outgrown this space.
The expansion, Liebman explained, will add much needed capacity to the hospital, which has seen its emergency room activity jump 23% from 10,300 visits in 2002 to 12,700 in 2006. Outpatient visits increased from 70,000 to 97,000, or 39%, during that same period.
The project will add 24 single-bed private rooms to the currently 41-bed hospital, and will also increase its ER capacity and improve its radiology facilities.
Of the $30 million needed to complete the expansion, $18 million will come from an upcoming bond offering. An additional $5 million will come from donors and the remaining $7 million from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to hospital officials. -- by Shawn Rhea