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Following years of planning and preparation, Spaulding’s new Charlestown facility will officially open its doors in late April of 2013.

Houston, we have liftoff! Okay, not quite yet. But Spaulding is definitely on the launching pad!

In late April, we marked an important – and celebratory – milestone: less than one year from now, our staff and patients will relocate to a state-of-the-art hospital in the Navy Yard.

Already the excitement running through our organization is quite, well, contagious (sorry – couldn’t resist). You can feel it in the hallways, the therapy rooms, the labs, even the cafeteria! How I wish you could see Spaulding right now.  The entire staff seems to have a little extra spring in our steps.

Come to think of it, Spaulding isn’t really counting down at all. On the contrary, we’re counting UP! Up to a new location, new technology, and a whole new beginning.

Speaking of counting, here are some fun factoids related to the Spaulding community and our Charlestown home-to-be:

  • Number of freestanding rehabilitation hospitals ranked annually by US News & World Report: 147
  • Spaulding’s current ranking: 5 out of 147
  • Number of patients treated annually by Spaulding: 2300 inpatient; 146,000 outpatient
  • Number of patient rooms for adults and children in the new Charlestown hospital: 132
  • In Mass General: 907
  • Amount of contaminated soil removed from Parcel 6 prior to the start of construction:  190,000 tons
  • Amount of debris removed from the World Trade Center after 9/11: 1.8 million tons
  • Amount of water in the new hospital’s therapy pools: 50,000 gallons
  • In London’s 2012 Olympic pools: 2.6 million gallons
  • Length by which the HarborWalk will be extended as it wraps around the new hospital: 1800 feet
  • Number of dogs who are enthusiastic about this: 401 (ie every licensed dog in Charlestown!)
  • Number of therapy dogs from Caring Canines who volunteer in Spaulding’s pet therapy program: 4
  • Average weight of a single 150-year-old live oak timber uncovered during excavation on the hospital site at Parcel 6: 10,000 pounds
  • Value of helping our patients find their strength: PRICELESS!!!

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Dan May 22, 2012 at 07:51 AM
I hope the live oak timber you found finds a useful second life some where in the new Spaulding.
Rebecca Kaiser May 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Dan - yes, some of the live oak timbers will be used at our new hospital. We are looking into several ideas now, and will be sure to keep you and the Charlestown community posted on any developments. Thanks for reading!
Abby Gray May 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Hi Rebecca and Dan - Weathered Benches recovered the live oak and half went to rebuild the Morgan in Mystic. Half was recovered to build beautiful benches that are numbered and branded. Wood authenticated. We are selling the benches at Olivia Browning - and having another Trunk Show on June 7th.
KAC May 26, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Seems like the timber could be utilized for furnishings within Spaulding or one of the numerous Partners facilities. I'm sure the team will find a creative and nonprofit use for the timber.
Dan May 27, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Abby - I hope these benches find a home in the new Spaulding Hospital instead of being sold to the public at large. I'm glad to hear some went to a needed ship. FYI - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_W._Morgan_(ship)


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