The New Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard has already been hailed for its anticipated LEED Gold status and as a model for inclusive design. The journey from an architect’s renderings to the completion of construction was taken on by hundreds of skilled union and trades members who made the hospital a reality. On Thursday January 31st, the leadership of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and colleagues from Partners HealthCare hosted over 50 representatives of the trade unions and associations that worked on the New Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital project since it was launched over three years ago. Mayor Thomas M. Menino, himself a recent Spaulding patient, saw the new 132 bed facility for the first time and honored the work done by the trades and associations.
Mayor Menino thanked those in attendance for the work of their members on the Spaulding project as well as others currently in various stages throughout the city. The Mayor was given a standing ovation from the appreciative group who showed their gratitude for the long standing support and leadership the Mayor has shown in bringing projects and jobs to Boston.
“All of us at Spaulding are proud to have worked with the skilled union and trade members to bring this amazing new facility to completion,” said David Storto, President, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. “The pride that comes from improving the community shows in the craftsmanship displayed in every inch of this new world class hospital.”
Honored for their work at the event were Frank Callahan, President of Massachusetts Building Trades Council, and Marty Walsh, Secretary Treasurer – General Agent of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District as well as the Absestos Workers L.U. #6, Boston Building & Construction Trades, Carpenters Local Union 218, IBEW Local 103, Iron Workers LU #7, Laborers LU #22, Local 534, Boston Plasterers & Cement Masons, Massachusetts Building Trades Council, Operating Engineers LU #4, Pipe Fitters LU #537, Plumbers LU #12, Plumbing Contractors Association, Sheet Metal Workers LU #17 and the Sprinkler Fitters LU #550.
The New Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is slated to begin full operations on April 27th this year. Spaulding staff will be working to prepare for the transition from the current West End facility on Nashua Street and acclimate to the new facility in the coming months. There will also be a Community Open House and Health Fair for the Charlestown Community prior to opening on Sunday April 21st.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital a 196-bed facility, located in Boston serves as main campus for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network which includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, two long term care facilities Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and Spaulding Hospital North Shore and two skilled nursing facilities, as well as twenty three outpatient sites throughout the Greater Boston area. Spaulding is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School as well as the official rehabilitation hospital of the New England Patriots. Spaulding is the only rehabilitation hospital in New England continually ranked since 1995 by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Hospitals survey with a #5 ranking in 2012. For more information, please visit www.spauldingrehab.org.