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New Shapiro Center Opens at BMC

This April, Boston Medical Center proudly opened the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center to the applause of hundreds of BMC staff, supporters, volunteers and board leadership. As the newest, most modern medical facility in Boston, the Shapiro Center offers a comfortable and peaceful environment for best-in-class outpatient care.


BMC’s new Shapiro Center brings world-class outpatient care to the Greater Boston community.

Named for Boston philanthropists Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro in recognition of their $15 million gift to BMC, the new nine-story building consolidates many of BMC’s outpatient
clinical services in the heart of BMC’s campus. Among the many services offered in the
Shapiro Center are adult primary care, women’s health, orthopaedics, dermatology,
urology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, hand/plastic surgery, pulmonary, surgical
specialties and neurosciences, which include neurology, neurosurgery and pediatric
. Key support services such as phlebotomy and radiology are also housed in the center.

BMC has experienced a 30 percent growth in outpatient volume since 2004. The new building, which was approved by the BMC Board of Trustees in 2006, replaces the smaller, 43-year-old Doctors Office Building, which would have cost $80 million to renovate without yielding needed additional patient care capacity. The Shapiro Center allows for the substantial consolidation of BMC's outpatient services at its Albany Street location and also helps launch a final phase of clinical service consolidation in the Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center and the Preston Family Building.

“The Shapiro Center replaces an outdated facility that doesn’t serve our patients’ needs well. Ambulatory care is a key and increasingly important component of the services BMC provides. This new facility allows us to operate more efficiently, is integral to the medical center’s future, and, most important, is a wonderful environment in which to give—and  receive—exceptional care, without exception,” said BMC President & CEO Kate Walsh.

The 250,000 square-foot building, which is the size of 4.5 football fields, was designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates. It sets a new standard for sustainable design with energy-efficient and water-conserving features for mechanical, electrical and architectural systems. The building is registered as a pilot project with the Green Guide for Healthcare, with a targeted U.S. Green Building Council LEED silver rating equivalent.


The mission of Boston Medical Center is unique and clear: to provide exceptional care without exception to the people of Greater Boston.

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