Bournewood's Rich History

Bournewood has a long history of excellence, which began 134 years ago when Henry Rust Stedman, M.D., founded Bournewood Hospital to create a nurturing environment where people living with mental illness could rest and receive the treatment they needed to recover and resume their lives.


The original facility, which consisted of 16 beds, was formed on the Minot Estates in Forest Hills, Boston, in 1884. In 1895, the Hospital moved to its current twelve-acre 300 South Street location in Brookline, where it continues to serve adults and adolescents with mental health and substance use conditions.


The four Victorian buildings that comprise the hospital were designed more than a century ago by Boston architect William Ralph Emerson, who was known for his shingle-style houses and inns.


Dr. Stedman, recognized for being in the forefront of the mental health movement, took pride in tailoring the Hospital's treatment and programs to best meet the individual needs of patients. This long-standing tradition of combining personalized care with the latest treatment methodologies continues at Bournewood.


Bournewood has grown to two locations - Brookline and Woburn - with 90 inpatient beds and three Partial Hospital Programs on the Brookline Campus. The Woburn campus provides Partial Hospital services.


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