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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to Build Cancer Center in Needham

October 10, 2011

Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will consolidate its west suburban cancer services into a new comprehensive cancer center in Needham, Mass., slated to open in the spring of 2014.

Groundbreaking for the proposed, three-story, 30,000-square foot, approximately $20 million building on the campus of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham is scheduled for the spring of 2012, pending state and local approvals. JACA Architects of Quincy, Mass., has been selected for the design.

The project also represents Phase II of improvement and expansion of care available to patients in Needham and surrounding communities at BID-Needham. In October 2009, the community hospital opened a new emergency department and a new inpatient wing. This new building will enable expansion of surgery and related care for patients at BID-Needham.

Beth Israel Deaconess’ new cancer center in Needham will become home to radiation oncology services previously provided at BIDMC’s facility in Waltham, which closed in July when the building’s owner, Children’s Hospital Boston, opted to use the space to meet an expanding need for pediatric services. Current patients of the Waltham site have continued to receive personalized cancer care in the community at BID-Needham, which has long provided oncology services as well.

“This is a unique opportunity to upgrade and expand cancer care to our patients in the western suburbs,” Eric Buehrens, BIDMC’s Interim President and CEO, said in a statement. “The new cancer center in Needham will allow us to provide our patients the same world class-care available at BIDMC without them having to travel to downtown Boston.”


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