Bostons 503-bed Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has unveiled plans for expanding its Longwood Medical Area campus and building a suburban ambulatory center at a yet-to-be-determined site.
The estimated $1 billion project would play out over a 10- to 15-year period and would involve adding an estimated 700,000 square feet of patient-care space to the Longwood campus, according to a hospital news release.
Though designs for the expansion are still in the developmental stage, some specific plans include building a 100,000- to 150,000-square-foot suburban ambulatory-care center by 2011, expanding the West Clinical Center and tearing down the Libby and Deaconess buildings to make way for a new patient-care building on the Longwood campus. The project would also add 130 patient beds, surgical suites and increased capacity for imaging and other high-tech medical services to the campus.
The expansion plans reflect the hospitals success in turning around its previous financial difficulties, according to Eric Buehrens, Beth Israels executive vice president and chief operating officer. Weve had a few pretty strong years across the board, Buehrens said. Going back five or six years, we did a lot of investment in our surgical program, we hired faculty and built new facilities, so thats where weve seen a lot of growth. In the last couple of years, weve also seen particularly strong growth in our medical programs for both outpatients and inpatients. -- by Shawn Rhea
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