BWH patient Marcia Thorell and her husband, Bob, admire the lobby areas in the Building for Transformative Medicine.

BWH patient Marcia Thorell and her husband, Bob, admire the lobby areas in the Building for Transformative Medicine.

The new Building for Transformative Medicine at 60 Fenwood Road opened its doors to patients on Oct. 3.

Nearly 550 patients were seen in the new building on Monday, with the first patient arriving shortly before 8 a.m. Open that day were the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center and Musculoskeletal Radiology, located on the second floor; Phlebotomy, on the ground level; and Imaging, located below ground on L2.

“Patients, staff and providers were all impressed with the modern, state-of-the-art facility and were thrilled to be part of opening day,” said Jeffrey Taylor, MPH, executive director of clinical operations at the Building for Transformative Medicine (BTM).

Day one went smoothly with the help of multiple teams from across BWH, Taylor said. Information Services, Partners eCare and Biomedical Engineering remained on site to provide support. Information Desk staff, Security officers and volunteers from the Office for Sponsored Staff and Volunteer Services helped patients find their way to appointments. Taylor also thanked Environmental Services and Materials Management for helping to get the building ready for patients, staff and visitors.

Additional clinics will open later this month. Tuesday, Oct. 11, will mark the opening of the Infusion Suite, the Multiple Sclerosis Center, the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment and the Brigham Behavioral Neurology Group. The main Neurology practice, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry open on Monday, Oct. 17.

Brigham patient Marcia Thorell was among those eager to catch a glimpse inside the new building, having watched the construction with interest over the past three years.

“We really feel the excitement, and I can’t wait to see my doctors here,” said Thorell, who walked through and admired the spacious, vibrant patient areas in the BTM with her husband, Bob, after an appointment with her neurosurgeon at 45 Francis St. on Monday. She looks forward returning to the new building for her next appointment with Rose Du, MD, in Neurosurgery, next month.

For Thorell, the BTM is an example of how the Brigham brings its resources together—with researchers and clinicians from related disciplines now under one roof—to improve patient care.

“The hospital has grown so much, and just like anything else, you have to start putting things in different places to make room for that growth,” she said. “But you work better as a team if you have all of the support you need around you. Even with the technology we have to communicate, it’s always better to put a face to an idea.”