Last week leaders at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) delivered a letter to the city of Boston, formally launching a process to construct a state-of-the-art clinical care building that will help the hospital address growing demands for care and services, alleviate capacity challenges, accommodate rapidly evolving technologies, and create a comfortable, efficient and positive environment for patients and families. This new facility will be able to withstand major flooding and high winds, allowing it to serve as a critical resource for patients, staff and the community during a disaster. The new building will benefit the immediate neighborhood by enhancing and enlivening Cambridge Street as an important gateway into Boston. In addition, through a new state program associated with major construction projects, the new MGH building will provide meaningful resources to partner with local communities to develop solutions to challenging community health problems. Through this innovative construction, MGH can continue to build upon its proud two-century tradition as a leading center of exceptional medicine, compassionate care and hope.

This new building will be located entirely within the MGH campus. Plans call for a 12-story structure comprising about 1 million gross square feet for both inpatient and outpatient clinical care. The top six floors will consist of inpatient units with approximately 450 single-bed patient rooms housed in two parallel towers. Beyond inpatient beds, the building will include operating/interventional rooms, a procedural suite, imaging facilities, exam rooms and infusion centers. Below the 12-story structure will be six levels of underground parking with more than 1,000 spaces. The below-grade levels will also feature space for clinical support services.

In this new facility, MGH has made preliminary plans for cancer and heart to be the major centers of excellence. Moving several large services to the new facility will create opportunity to expand programs to address specific needs, such as increasing the number of behavioral health inpatient beds for adults, creating a pediatric behavioral health inpatient unit, and expanding the substance use disorder program. 

MGH aims to begin construction following a multi-step regulatory approval process.