Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will file certificate of need on new $534 million inpatient building

The new building, which will house 345,000 square feet of space, is their first new building in 20 years, the system says.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

Credit: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterCredit: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will spend $534 million to build a new inpatient tower at their Longwood Medical Center Campus, the system announced. 

The new 10-story, 345,000 square foot building will be BIDMC's first in 20 years and will be located on their West Campus.

It will house single-bedd, family-friendly patient rooms, including up to 128 medical-surgical patient rooms, some of which will replace double-bedded rooms elsewhere on BIDMC's West Campus. It will also hold 30 intensive care unit rooms ideal for privacy and complex medical care. 

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Large surgical suites and diagnostic and procedural suites to handle acute care patients as well as a medical helicopter landing pad to support the level 1 trauma center will also be part of the new building. 

To benefit patients, caregivers and families and continue environmental stewardship efforts, an accessible rooftop green space and healing garden will be available as well.

The announcement that the system will file a certificate of need this month comes as BIDMC's parent company CareGroup moves ahead with a major merger that will yield a new system that also includes Lahey Health facilities and a stand-alone hospital in Newburyport. The system would be the second largest in the region following Partners Healthcare.

Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Health officially greenlighted the proposed merger, with the Public Health Council voting unanimously in favor of the deal. The Health Policy Commission and leaders in the proposed new system are working on a cost and market impact report, which would gauge the impact of the merger. That report is expected in mid-June.

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