Boston, MA – Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital unveiled its new 262,000 square foot, 132 bed patient-centered hospital to the public this week. The facility has already been recognized for its LEED Gold status, reflecting its commitment to green design principles. Located at 300 First Avenue in Charlestown, the hospital will be previewed for the public and area providers prior to the full patient and staff move on Saturday April 27th, when the operations transfer from its former location.

Since its founding in Boston’s West End by Dr. Josiah Spaulding in the late 1960s at the beginning of the disability rights movement in Massachusetts, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (originally opened as Massachusetts Rehabilitation Hospital) has helped thousands of patients and families recover from complex conditions and serious illnesses such as stroke, severe burns, limb-loss, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. The hospital has grown into a national leader in rehabilitative care and research as a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital and the only rehabilitation hospital in New England recognized as a best hospital by US News and World Reports each year since 1995. Annually, Spaulding serves more than 2,500 inpatients and almost 30,000 outpatients per year. 

Despite the tremendous recognition, the building that Spaulding had called home since its inception had reached its capacity for updating and an urgent replacement facility was needed. With broad support from government and the community, Spaulding embarked on an ambitious project to build a patient centered state-of-the-art hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard that would a model of inclusive and sustainable design.

“Spaulding is a beacon of hope and healing for people around the state and the world,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “I congratulate them on opening this extraordinary rehabilitative care and state-of-the-art research facility.”

The new facility brings a broad range of key innovations to its design as well as enabling new methods of delivering care. An aquatic therapy center was created with a large therapy pool and a smaller resistance training pool which will serve inpatients, outpatients and community programming. The exterior has an extensive outdoor therapy garden to allow clinicians to work with patients to practice navigating on a variety of surfaces such as sand, cobblestones, concrete stairs and a boardwalk. Nature, light and the outdoors were incorporated into the design whenever possible to aid in the healing process for patients. Each patient room is private and lines the exterior of the building so they receive the maximum amount of natural light possible. From the floor markings to room signage, all aspects of the hospital were created to be both functional and provide therapeutic value.

Learn more about the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston by visiting www.newspauldinghospital.org

View coverage of the opening of the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital from The Boston Globe.