Friday, June 17, 2011

The Wonder of Lunder

Massachusetts General Hospital celebrates opening of the Lunder Building

Celebrating 200 years of medical innovation and advancement, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) designates June 20-24, 2011, Lunder Dedication Week, to highlight the opening of the new 14-floor building that will expand clinical space at the heart of the main campus.  
 
Remaining committed to the planet and environmental conservation is among the priorities of the MGH as it enters its third century.  This high level of attention to sustainable design and construction was a major goal years before construction of this newest facility began.  Currently, the Lunder Building is on target to attain gold certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system, an internationally recognized certification system.  LEED accreditation indicates that a building was designed and constructed using green features and strategies – such as water efficiency, energy conservation, sustainable resources and carbon dioxide emission reductions.

“When we began planning for the Lunder Building more than six years ago, we worked with our MGH staff and architects to incorporate a number of important environmentally friendly aspects to the building,” says Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration and Lunder Building executive sponsor. “Along with patient safety and excellent quality care, we focused on sustainability and environmental conservation. Studies have shown that a natural environment can help to promote healing for sick patients. The practice of green building is a science, and we have been working with some of the best in the architectural field to be among the leaders in this area.”

The 530,000-square-foot Lunder Building will increase inpatient capacity by 150 beds with five new floors for hospitalized medical oncology, neuro-intensive care and neurosciences patients.  It offers 28 new procedure rooms and an additional number of pre- and post-procedure bays, while also expanding services in cancer, the neurosciences, radiation oncology and emergency services.  Occupancy will begin in phases.

The new building bears the name of Peter and Paula Lunder and the Lunder Foundation, which helped support its construction through a generous gift of $35 million.  For more information:  http://www.massgeneral.org/lunder.

About the Massachusetts General Hospital
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $600 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, systems biology, transplantation biology and photomedicine.

For more information:  http://www.massgeneral.org/lunder

Donita Boddie, (617) 724-5627, dboddie@partners.org

Ryan Donovan, (617) 724-6433, rcdonovan@partners.org

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