Boston Children's Hospital is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States, and a major teaching facility of Harvard Medical School. Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, it is now a comprehensive medical center for pediatric and adolescent health care, dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research.
There are 390 inpatient beds distributed on five floors in the Main hospital building and in the new, state-of-the-art clinical expansion building (Main South), which opened in July 2005. With the opening of the new clinical building, the hospital now houses a 24-bed multidisciplinary intensive care unit, 24-bed neonatal intensive care unit, 26-bed cardiac intensive care unit, 12-bed bone marrow transplantation unit, and six-bed clinical research center. Children's has physician services agreements for inpatient pediatrics, emergency and newborn medicine at Winchester Hospital, Winchester, Mass., and at Boston Children's Physicians South in Weymouth, Mass.
There are more than 100 outpatient programs ranging from primary care to a wide variety of specialty programs. Outpatient facilities include an 11-story building for ambulatory services, the Adolescent/Young Adult Program, Children's Hospital Primary Care Center, and Martha Eliot Health Center, an affiliated neighborhood health center. In addition, outpatient services are provided at Children's satellite centers in Lexington, Peabody and Waltham Mass., as well as through affiliations with Beverly Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Winchester Hospital, and hospitals in the Caritas Christi system, including Carney, Good Samaritan, Norwood and St. Elizabeth's.
In the near future Boston Children's plans to add a new building on the west (Binney Street) side of the main hospital building. This will provide 30 new beds and critical expansion of the Emergency, Radiology and Surgical departments. Longer term plans call for an additional 21-story research building in the North Campus between Children's and the Beth Israel Deaconess hospitals.[read more]
beds (~50% medical)
29 bed multidisciplinary ICU
26 bed cardiac ICU
24 bed neonatal ICU
12 bed medicine ICU
10 bed medical intermediate care unit
13 bed stem cell transplantation unit
6 bed clinical research center
22,600 inpatient admissions
22400, surgical procedures
472,000 outpatient visits
900 medical and dental staff
The green domed Hunnewell building is the architectural signature of Boston Children's Hospital.
This famous "green domed" building with its classic columned facade on Longwood Ave was built in 1914 and is the oldest building in the Children's complex. To many it is the symbol of the institution. Today, it mostly houses administrative offices, which are located on the 2nd floor. The copper dome, which covers an internal atrium, was re-clad about a decade ago and is only beginning to recover its verdigris hue.
In 2005, Children's opened an 11-story state-of-the-art clinical building. An extension of the hospital's existing Main Building, Main South will give clinicians access to cutting-edge technology while carving out more room for patients and families.
Floors 6 to 11 include 70 new cardiac, medical and multidisciplinary ICU beds, a medical intermediate care unit, a cardiac catheterization lab, inpatient echocardiography, and medical and surgical patient beds. Floors one to three include eight operating rooms, interventional radiology space and two floors of administrative office space.
This 12-story building sits in the middle of the Children's campus, between the Hunneywell building and the Main Hospital, and houses Children's ambulatory programs and many clinician's offices.
The library is a beautiful building that lies adjacent to the Prouty Garden and was designed to blend into its surroundings.
Besides the usual books and journals, the building contains a reading space overlooking the garden stocked with daily newspapers, private study carrels, computer graphics facilities, and the Gamble Room (pictured; a recreation of a century old, cherry paneled doctor's study, including a marble trimmed, bluestone hearth fireplace).
The Prouty Memorial Garden is nestled between the Wolbach and Farley buildings and the Library. It is a quiet and colorful oasis at the heart of the hospital. Designed by the famous Olmstead landscape architects, it is modeled after the terrace and garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and is filled with specimen plants and trees surrounding a grassy lawn and fountain.
The garden provides a respite on a hectic day. A stone patio with tables and umbrellas extends into the garden and is a great place to have lunch, or coffee after rounds. The garden is also a wonderful spot for children and their families to enjoy the outdoors on a nice day.
Enders and Karp Research Laboratories
Enders Research Laboratory and the Karp Family Research Laboratory. The 13-story John F. Enders Laboratories for Pediatric Research, named for the Nobel Prize recipient who cultured the polio and measles viruses, and the new, 12-story state-of-the art Karp Family Research Laboratories add up to more than 680,000 square feet of research space and contain basic scientists and physician investigators in virtually every specialty.
The hospital faculty includes 10 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 13 members of the Academy's Institute of Medicine, 14 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 13 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a level of research that rivals the very best research institutes in the world.
Funding for research at Boston Children's Hospital totals approximately $140 million and exceeds all other pediatric hospitals in the United States. Boston Children's Hospital is also a leader in clinical research and has recently doubled clinical research space with the acquisition of a new building near the hospital.
The clinical research program has extensive support services, including biostatisticians, epidemiologists, database programmers, data coordinators and clinical research coordinators who provide consultation to clinical investigators. The hospital also has one of the oldest and largest NIH-funded Clinical Research Centers in the country.
The newest expansion of research space is the Center for Life Science Boston at 3 Blackfan Circle. Research departments including Histology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, and Genetics are all housed in this extraordinary new building.