Boston (Oct. 31, 2012) -- Massachusetts Eye and Ear, along with the Beal Companies, LLP, today celebrated the grand opening of its new outpatient surgical facility at 800 Huntington Avenue in the Longwood/Mission Hill area of Boston. The location will provide access to Mass. Eye and Ear’s world-class physicians and surgeons, and outpatient services. The facility is expected to open to patients in November.
Preparing to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new facility
(pictured L to R): Peter Longley, Director of Operations, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates; Peter Meade, Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority; John Fernandez, President & CEO, Mass. Eye and Ear; Dr. Joan Miller, Mass. Eye and Ear Chief of Ophthalmology & Harvard Medical School Chair of Ophthalmology; Robert Beal, President, The Beal Companies, LLP; Michael Ross, Boston City Council, District 8; Wyc Grousbeck, Chairman of the Board, Mass. Eye and Ear; and Jeffrey Sanchez, Mass. State Representative. Also participating in the celebration was Angus Leary, Chief Operating Officer, Northeast, Suffolk Construction. (Photo by Eric Antoniou Photography)
The 90,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, which is owned and was developed by The Beal Companies, houses four operating rooms and allows easy and comfortable access for patients with convenient parking. The building is also home to the most advanced ophthalmology (eye care) clinical space and physician offices. Ear, nose and throat services will be added in the future.
Designed by architects at Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, the facility creates a welcoming environment for patients and staff, with special considerations for those with visual impairment. The building’s interior includes high-contrast colors on walls and furnishings to facilitate way-finding for visually impaired patients. Sustainable and environmentally friendly materials were used in the building’s construction. The floor plan also maximizes access to daylight by locating public waiting rooms, corridors and staff lounges near exterior windows. Mass. Eye and Ear is partnering with Mass. Art to showcase an art exhibit that will remain at the Longwood site for the next several months.
The location includes an optical shop on the first floor, where Mass. Eye and Ear opticians will provide services. Inventory will include eyeglasses for both adults and children. The first floor also includes a coffee shop. Both resources are open to Mass. Eye and Ear patients and to members of the community.
“Massachusetts Eye and Ear has a long history of excellent clinical care and innovative research,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Today I applaud this great institution for working closely with the Mission Hill neighborhood to bring critical specialized services to the community.”
“The opening of our new outpatient surgical facility means we’ll be able to provide more access to our specialized care for those who need our services,” said John Fernandez, President and CEO of Mass. Eye and Ear. We’re creating good healthcare jobs and bringing world-class Mass. Eye and Ear care to this community. We’re looking forward to collaborating with neighboring hospitals in the Longwood area to provide top-notch patient care and advance clinical research initiatives.”
“We’re delighted to have been able to work with Mass. Eye and Ear and the community to build a facility such as this, which is so important to the City of Boston,” said Robert L. Beal, President of The Beal Companies.
About Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Founded in 1824, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is an independent specialty hospital providing patient care for disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Mass. Eye and Ear is an international leader in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology research and a teaching partner of Harvard Medical School. Under the direction of Mass. Eye and Ear’s board of directors, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Schepens Eye Research Institute recently formed the world’s largest and most robust private basic and clinical ophthalmology research enterprise. The hospital is also home to the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, a multi-disciplinary group of 24 investigators within 11 research units dedicated to the study of hearing and deafness. For more information, call 617-523-7900 or visit http://www.masseyeandear.org/.
About The Beal Companies
The Beal Companies, LLP is a full service real estate firm which owns and manages over 3.5 million square feet of real estate in the Greater Boston area. Since 1888, The Beal Companies has established an enviable reputation as a leader in owning, developing, managing and leasing commercial properties, including particular expertise in medical office, surgical, and life science facilities for both institutional and non-institutional uses. Beal acts as a principal and invests in real estate on its own behalf, and on behalf of institutional and individual partners. Additional information on The Beal Companies can be found at www.bealco.com.