The community is invited to a public meeting to discuss the planning process for the future use of the Shattuck Hospital campus on Jan. 16.
The state is working with Health Resources in Action (HRiA), a non-profit public health organization, to facilitate a 12-month planning process. HRiA will provide a final report with its recommendations for the future use of the site in June 2019.
A Shattuck Campus Planning Community Advisory Board is also working on the plan. The board includes Danielle Cerny of the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Carolyn Royce of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, Liana Poston of state Rep. Liz Malia's office and Ethan Smith of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz's office. A full list of the advisory board can be seen here.
The plan will include a recommendation to lease up to two acres of land on the campus for low-threshold supportive housing, according to mass.gov. The lease could be up to 99 years and the lessee(s) would be selected through a competitive process.
Also, certain services are being relocated, while others are not being relocated.
The following services are going to be relocated, according to mass.gov's page about the relocation project:
- 260 inpatient beds: 117 inpatient medical/surgical beds (operated by Department of Public Health); 28 medical/surgical beds dedicated to Department of Corrections patients; 115 inpatient psychiatric beds (operated by the Department of Mental Health)
- Select outpatient and ancillary services such as, primary care, orthopedics, radiology and diagnostics
The following services are not being relocated:
- Nonprofit provider programs currently operating at the Shattuck, including residential treatment programs, outpatient psychiatric services, Pine Street shelter and methadone clinic.
The state is moving programs from the Shattuck Hospital because it needs extensive renovations to maintain its current level of care. State officials said relocating programs to the Newton Pavilion in the South End, which is owned and operated by the Boston Medical Center, allows the commonwealth to continue to provide services to patients without interruption.
It's also more cost-effective than renovating the Shattuck or new construction. The state estimates relocating programs will cost around $200 million, and renovating the Shattuck Hospital or building a new facility could cost $400 to $500 million. Thus the state will save more than $200 million by relocating programs.
This community meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse (1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester). Doors open at 5:45 pm and the meeting will start at 6:30 pm.