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Boston Medical Center is preparing to break ground in the coming weeks on a $270 million construction and renovation project that will consolidate its two campuses in the city’s South End and eliminate 60 beds while keeping the same level of services.
Executives say the project, which is expected to be completed in 2017, is a belated culmination of the 1996 merger of Boston City Hospital and University Hospital that created Boston Medical. While the two hospitals have integrated departments over the past 18 years, and closed one of their two emergency rooms in 2010, they have continued to operate at both campuses, often shuttling patients admitted at one to specialists based at the other.
That will be changing under the consolidation plan.