Construction is now underway for the new Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center & Surgical Pavilion after Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID-Needham) broke ground April 10 for the building which is expected to open in summer 2014, according to a press release.
This comprehensive cancer center and surgical pavilion will consolidate BIDMC’s west suburban cancer services into a new, state-of-the-art facility. The new surgical area will provide the ability for patients to have more advanced surgeries closer to home.
“This will be a very patient-centered facility,” said BID-Needham President and CEO John Fogarty. “Patients and clinicians have worked side by side with the architects for months to design the ideal patient experience. The result is a plan that consolidates all cancer services on one floor and a new surgical center on the second floor which allows for more advanced surgeries including cancer, colorectal, orthopaedic, urology, otolaryngology, and general surgery.”
The three-story, 30,000-square foot building, designed by JACA Architects and being constructed by BOND, will be located on the footprint of BID-Needham’s former administration building. In addition to the new building, a new parking area is being built where parking will continue to be free for all patient and visitors.
“This collaboration between BIDMC and Needham offers a unique opportunity to upgrade and expand cancer and surgical services already being offered in Needham to our patients in the western suburbs,” said Kevin Tabb MD, BIDMC’s President and CEO. “It is the latest example of our commitment to provide the right care in the right place at the right time.”
In the new building, BIDMC will offer patients a full array of cancer care which will include: advanced imaging systems; six new infusion bays; a radiation oncology suite which will include a state-of-the-art linear accelerator to facilitate the delivery of advanced conformal radiation therapy; and access to cutting-edge clinical trials and novel treatments.
“BIDMC already offers coordinated care from extraordinary clinicians in the service of individualized medicine,” said Lowell Schnipper, MD, clinical director of the BIDMC Cancer Center. “This new facility will enable us to provide patients the same world class-care available without them having to travel to and park in downtown Boston.”
The $24 million cost of the cancer center and surgical pavilion will be financed by a combination of community-raised capital campaign funds and significant investments by BID–Needham and BIDMC. BID–Needham will raise $6 million to make this cancer center and surgical pavilion a reality.
“This is an incredible day,” commented Richard W. Davis, Chair of the Board of Trustees, BID-Needham. “We could not accomplish this without the collaboration of the two hospitals and the community’s ongoing support. I am thrilled to be able to be part of such an important chapter in our history and the mission to keep our commitment to provide easy access to health care close to home.”
This project represents Phase II of a dedicated plan to improve and expand care available to patients in the western suburbs. In October 2009, BID-Needham opened a new emergency department and a new inpatient wing.
“BIDMC is proud to partner with BID-Needham in this project,” said Stephen Kay, chair of the BIDMC Board of Directors. “This new facility makes high- quality cancer and surgical care even more accessible.”
To view an animation of what the caner center will look like go to http://bcove.me/8izjd75c.
BIDMC is recognized by US News & World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals in cancer care. In 2010, BIDMC joined with Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology, the largest community-based private cancer practice in New England, to expand the reach of BIDMC’s services into the community. Together, BIDMC and CHO have more than 22 physicians in 11 locations and infusion centers in communities across Eastern Massachusetts
BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham has received national and local recognition for its extraordinary stroke care.
A licensed 56-bed acute care community hospital, BID-Needham has served the residents of Needham, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Newton, Wellesley, Westwood and surrounding communities for more than 100 years. This community hospital, previously known as The Glover Hospital, joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2002. The hospital provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, complete diagnostic facilities, and a brand new, award-winning Emergency Department. For more information, visit www.bidneedham.org.