Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary unveiled a brand new, state of the art, 90,000 square foot outpatient facility last week on Huntington Avenue in the Longwood Medical Area near Fenway last week.
The new facility, located at 800 Huntington Avenue, features four operating rooms, 190 parking spaces, ophthalmology clinical space and physician offices. There are future plans to build areas for ear, nose and throat services. The building is expected to open to patients sometime in the next few weeks.
Construction of the building began just over a year ago, in October of 2011. The building was designed by architects at Tsoi/Kobus & Associates to include special 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, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
The location includes an optical shop on the 1st 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.”