Many victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, including 14 amputees, are now being transferred into the brand-new Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Charlestown, MA.
The nine-story, $225 million hospital officially opens tomorrow, replacing a worn-out facility nearby. It's state-of-the art throughout, with ceiling-mounted lift systems to move patients from their beds to the bathroom. The facility also includes motion analysis and robotic labs.
It's also one of the greenest hospitals ever built, incorporating cost-saving and sustainability goals established under the direction of John Messervy, an architect and the Director of Capital and Facilities Planning for Partners HealthCare. A key goal is reduction of energy use by 25% partly through conservation and partly though new technologies. The new rehab center on Boston's waterfront near Old Ironsides incorporates the system's first cogeneration plant....