the Victor and Gussie Baxt Building

Summit Neighborhood Association’s anti-Miriam expansion page

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The new Victor and Gussie Baxt Building represents the first step in The Miriam Hospital Campaign for the Next Generation, an ambitious, $35 million capital improvement effort to build facilities worthy of the medicine practiced here. The addition of this building greatly improves patient care and comfort.

Our new facility includes:

  • Ten new operating rooms, with state-of-the-art technology–including advanced robotics–that enables our experts to expand our minimally invasive surgical program and attract the next generation of surgeons.
  • A 25,000-square-foot radiology suite, offering the latest diagnostic imaging and interventional technology, in a space befit for tomorrow’s innovation.
  • A patient care unit with 36 private rooms, providing a comfortable and confidential environment for patients and their families, with the latest clinical technology located at the bedside for the best care.
  • Conference rooms, custom designed to allow our physicians to consult via video teleconferencing, thereby enhancing our medical education programs.
  • A new gift shop and cafeteria, with broad menu and dining opportunities that provide welcome respite for our caregivers, patients and visitors.

We think the Summit Neighborhood Association is blowing some mighty wind. I can get behind and rail against more condos that no one can afford, but a hospital? They pressured Miriam to take down an existing building and build a bigger, better one, rather than demolish and acquire more property in the area. To me, that’s a win. When the boomers of Summit get a bit older they will be very happy to have a great hospital with great care right next door.

Jonathan Howard As the head wind-blower from Summit Neighborhood Association, I wanted add my two cents. Maybe we we did win, but it sure felt like getting our ass kicked. Neighbor opposition was massive, not manufactured, and stemmed from decades of abusive behavior toward the neighborhood, not just this proposal. Yep, it’s great to have a great hospital a couple of blocks away (as it is for me), but what if it’s less than a block, as it is for people living between North Main and Brewster? The new hospital will be at least 25% bigger and will support at least that much increase in patient throughput and impact on neighbors. They should have built a beautiful new hospital on North Main. Everyone I spoke to, including hospital planners and economists, volunteered this solution before I could suggest it. They didn’t, so we move on, hoping for a better relationship based on more responsible, neighborly behavior in future. So far, it’s been better than before the clash. One area we’ve worked together on is North Main, where Miriam long owned the Sears and Anderson Little buildings. They have helped us hire consultants to figure out what can be done to revitalize that desolate stretch.

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