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 404 inpatient beds distributed on five floors in the Main hospital building, Main South, and the new state-of-the-art Mandell building. At present, construction is well underway on a new inpatient tower that will bring the bed total to approximately 500 and eliminate the few, remaining double rooms. The hospital contains a 29-bed multidisciplinary intensive care unit, 16-bed medical intensive care unit, 24-bed neonatal intensive care unit, 26-bed cardiac intensive care unit, 12-bed intermediate care unit, 13-bed bone marrow transplantation unit and six-bed clinical research center. Children’s has physician services agreements for inpatient pediatrics, emergency medicine and/or newborn medicine at Beverly Hospital, Charlton Memorial Hospital, Milford Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Tobey Hospital and Winchester Hospital.
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 at Longwood, and Martha Eliot Health Center, an affiliated neighborhood health center. In addition, outpatient services are provided at Children’s satellite centers or physician offices in Brockton, Lexington, Milford, North Dartmouth, Peabody, Waltham, Weymouth and Worcester Massachusetts.
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, including the Department of Pediatrics offices, which are located on the 2nd floor. The copper dome covers an internal atrium. It was re-clad about a 20 years ago and is only beginning to recover its verdigris hue.
Children’s opened this 11-story clinical building in 2005. An extension of the hospital’s existing Main Building, Main South gives clinicians access to cutting-edge technology while carving out more room for patients and families. The building includes cardiac, medical and multidisciplinary ICU beds, a medical intermediate care unit, a cardiac catheterization lab, inpatient echocardiography, medical and surgical patient beds, operating rooms, interventional radiology space and administrative office space.
This 10-story state-of-the-art clinical building opened in 2013. It contains much needed expansion space for the Emergency, Radiology, Surgery, Neurology, and Pharmacy services. There are four floors of single bed inpatient rooms that align with floors in the existing hospital, new ‘short stay beds’, and a neuroimaging suite with additional MRI, magnetoencephalography, functional MRI, and near infrared imaging tools.
This 12 story building sits in the middle of the Children’s campus, between the Hunnewell building and the Main Hospital, and houses Children’s ambulatory programs and many clinician’s offices.
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, the 12-story state-of-the-art Karp Family Research Laboratories; and portions of the neighboring buildings: Center for Life Science Boston, Harvard Institute of Medicine, and Warren Alpert Building at HMS, add up to more than 1,000,000 square feet of research space. These buildings contain basic scientists and physician investigators in virtually every specialty, more than 1,100 in all. The hospital faculty includes 8 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 21 members of the National Academy of Medicine, 23 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 10 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 equals $368 million and is greater than 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.