Brigham and Women's Hospital yesterday filed plans for its proposed $250-million, multi-year expansion of Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plan that, if approved, would mean a 46% increase in in-patient beds and way more parking than at present.
In a filing with the BPDA, the hospital says the updates are badly needed to keep pace with modern medicine and hospital care:
Today, the Hospital’s inpatient facilities, which have not been expanded since 1976, limit its ability to care for patients and restrict its ability to employ new technologies. BWFH continuously operates at high levels of occupancy during the weekdays, limiting its ability to accept additional patients, and its narrow inpatient floors – designed more than 40 years ago – do not provide sufficient space for today’s technologies and patient care protocols.
At the heart of the plans is a five-story addition at the front of the hospital's that would include 78 new in-patient beds as well as room for a new MRI machine, an expanded endoscopy center and a new "extended recovery/post-procedure recovery unit" in which patients who don't need long-term care could recover from surgery.
The new post procedure recovery area will allow providers to care for patients without admitting them to an inpatient bed. This will improve the patient experience by creating capacity on inpatient units for patients who require longer recovery time. This will also improve the patient flow through the Hospital by avoiding the need to admit the patient to inpatient units, that are often at or above capacity, or blocking rooms to recover patients who may not need inpatient level care.
The proposal calls for tearing down the current 580-car garage off Allandale Street and replacing it and the current 131 parking-lot spaces with a new 952-space garage and 91 parking-lot spaces. On the other side of the hospital, Faulkner would add three new levels - and 171 new parking spaces to the current garage there. All the changes would mean a new increase of 503 parking spaces for hospital employees, patients and visitors.
Faulkner hopes to begin construction this fall by starting a 20-month replacement of the garage off Allandale Street, followed by two years of construction of the new in-patient floors at the end of 2020. In 2024, the hospital hopes to start 18 months of work to add the new floors to the other garage.
In addition to the BPDA, the plans also need a "determination of need" by the state Department of Public Health.
Faulkner Hospital project-notification form (37M PDF).