Pavilion dedication: Austen and his wife, Patricia, chair of the Ladies Visiting Committee’s Archive and History Projec
To celebrate the legacy of W. Gerald Austen, MD, and dedicate the new W. Gerald Austen, MD Inpatient Care Pavilion in the Lunder Building, hospital leadership – including Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; David F. Torchiana, MD, chairman and CEO of the MGPO; and Roman DeSanctis, MD, director emeritus of Clinical Cardiology – and Austen’s family members and friends gathered for a June 23 ceremony as part of Lunder Dedication Week.
“Dr. Jerry Austen is the most important physician – really the most important person – to work at the MGH in the last 50 years,” said DeSanctis at the event. “In fact, he is one of the most important figures in the 200-year history of this institution.”
With 150 large private rooms for neuroscience and medical oncology patients, the Austen Inpatient Care Pavilion will offer cutting-edge, patient- and family-centered care far into the future of the MGH. The new inpatient area, which comprises floors 6 through 10 of the Lunder Building, is a tribute to the numerous contributions made to the hospital by Austen. Surgeon-in-chief emeritus and chair of the MGH Chiefs’ Council, Austen has been a beloved and active leader in the MGH community for 56 years.
“Dr. Austen is the most effective leader I have worked with,” says Slavin. “This new inpatient pavilion serves as a fitting testament to all of the wonderful things Dr. Austen has done and continues to do for the MGH.”
Floors 6 through 8 of the Austen Inpatient Care Pavilion will be devoted to neuroscience patients, while floors 9 and 10 will serve cancer patients. With the exception of the 22-bed Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit on floor 6, each floor has 32 beds. In addition to housing the latest medical equipment and technology, all of the pavilion’s rooms are spacious, private and designed to be comforting, therapeutic places of healing that are accessible, family-friendly and easily individualized to meet each patient’s needs.
“Jerry has accomplished many times over what every human being aspires to,” says Torchiana. “He has made major differences in the world, and the Austen Inpatient Care Pavilion is strong evidence of that.”