This article originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Brigham and Women's magazine.
As the Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. campaign for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital moves closer to its $1.5 billion fundraising goal, generous gifts are fueling advances in medical training, research, and clinical care, as well as campus revitalization and expansion.
Transforming the Newborn Intensive
Taking direction from the infant brain development research of Terrie Inder, MD, MBChB, chair of BWH’s Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine, renovations to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will convert the space from the current large open ward to one of the first in the world with a hybrid design of private and semi-private rooms, as well as open bays for small groups of infants.
To triple the NICU’s footprint and allow for private and semi-private rooms, the construction crew is reinforcing the columns and exterior walls of the labor and delivery floor to withstand a new floor above. BWH has created a prototype private patient room, (pictured above) to inform the look and functionality of the remaining 39 rooms. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2017.
Brigham Building for the Future
When the Brigham Building for the Future (BBF) opens in 2016, it will include 360,000 square feet of program space spanning 11 floors. Designed to promote collaboration between caregivers and researchers, the BBF will feature outpatient care clinics, advanced imaging suites, and research laboratories for the neurosciences, rheumatology, immunology, and orthopedics.