On May 4, the Massachusetts Department of Health and Public Health Council approved Mass General Brigham’s Determination of Need application to build a new, state-of-the-art clinical building on Massachusetts General Hospital’s campus in Boston.
While several regulatory steps are still to be completed, the approval from the Public Health Council represents the most significant step toward the beginning of construction.
This $1.9 billion expansion at Mass General will replace aging infrastructure with modern facilities and single-bed patient rooms, including the construction of two new towers.
The building, sited on Cambridge Street, is the capital cornerstone of The Campaign for Mass General, a fundraising effort underway at the hospital that aims to raise $3 billion by 2024. Funds raised through the Campaign will advance patient care, research innovation and medical education in addition to increasing the physical footprint of the hospital through the construction of the new building.
The revolutionary facility was designed to meet the growing demand for Mass General’s patient care and services, to offer a more comfortable, efficient and personalized experience for patients and their families, to support Mass General’s globally renowned research enterprise and to evolve alongside the latest health care technologies in the years to come.
The innovative building design is efficient, sustainable and resilient to current and future challenges, including climate change and natural and man-made disasters. Public and community amenities include an improved urban environment, including street level retail and restaurant activities, wider, well-landscaped sidewalks, bike lanes and parking and an outdoor plaza.
“To conquer the great threats to humankind, like cancer, neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease and others, we need to modernize,” says David F. M. Brown, MD, president of Mass General. “This building project will enable us to transform health care for our patients in Boston — and around the world — for decades to come.”