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Spaulding Hospital’s winning new design

Hospital Safety Insider, November 13, 2014

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The new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston has only been open for 18 months, and already it's turning heads.

The new facility, which opened in April 2013 on the historic waterfront in Charlestown, Massachusetts, was the only U.S. hospital to win a 2014 Award of Excellence for hospital design by Modern Healthcare. Profiled in the magazine's September 8 issue, the hospital has received praise for its state-of-the-art, $225-million facility that was first tested when it accepted 32 victims from the Boston Marathon bombing.

It’s quite the place, and from a hospital design standpoint, not what you would expect. For one, it’s built right on a waterfront. After watching hospitals flounder in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and then again in New York City during Hurricane Sandy in 2013, one might wonder what Spaulding officials were thinking.

It turns out Spaulding knew what it was doing. Eager to keep Spaulding within Boston limits, the city gave the hospital financial incentives to clean up and build on a former Navy shipbuilding yard. The result was an energy-efficient hospital built on an artificial, surge-resistant "reef" 42 inches above the current 100-year flood level, and built to withstand a projected sea rise of up to 5 feet over the next 75 years.

This is an excerpt from an article in Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.

 



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