Boston Medical Center weighs plan to close aging East Newton campus and eliminate 85 beds

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Boston Medical Center is weighing a plan to close an aging part of its sprawling campus and eliminate about 85 of its 496 beds, as it braces for state and federal budget cuts and intensified pressure to shift more care to outpatient settings.

Hospital executives stressed that it was premature to estimate how many, if any, of their 4,500 jobs would be shed as part of the plan to shutter the East Newton Street campus, site of the former University Hospital. That hospital merged with neighboring Boston City Hospital in 1996 to create Boston Medical Center.

Both hospitals had a history of service to poor residents of Boston, and Boston Medical Center has continued that mission, pledging “exceptional care without exception.”

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