On Sept. 22, BWH hosted a community event at 60 Fenwood Road to showcase how the new building, now named the Building for Transformative Medicine, will fuel collaboration, accelerate breakthroughs and transform patient care. Lawmakers, government officials, civic leaders and local community members in attendance enjoyed a hot breakfast, heard from BWH leaders and had the opportunity to tour the facility.
“All of us here at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are deeply committed to transforming the future of medicine—and this building is where we’ll make it happen,” said BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD.
Other speakers included Wanda McClain, vice president of the Center for Community Health and Equity, who noted the project has invested in the local community in more ways than one. Its budget includes funding for 10 grants for local organizations developing programs to address behavioral health in community settings, workforce development and racial equity.
Paul Anderson, MD, PhD, BWHC chief academic officer and senior vice president of Research, described how the new building will advance research. Ron M. Walls, MD, BWHC executive vice president and chief operating officer, thanked the thousands of people whose hard work made the building a reality. He also highlighted the artwork selected for the building and thanked the artists, many of whom were in attendance.
“This has been a thoughtful project, and it is one that we are confident will foster translational medicine and solve neurologic, orthopedic and rheumatologic puzzles,” Walls said. “In addition, many patient advisors were involved in the planning and design of the building from the beginning, sharing insights that enabled us to incorporate the patient and family perspective into the project.”