updated 6/26/2009 8:38:52 PM ET 2009-06-27T00:38:52

Two major Boston teaching hospitals are pledging to spend millions of dollars to make their facilities more accessible and their staff more sensitive to the needs of the disabled.

Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital are promising to remove physical barriers and but new equipment including exam tables, mammography units, and X-ray machines to better accommodate the disabled. Staff at the Harvard-affiliated facilities will also undergo training to make sure they understand and can respond to the needs of disabled patients.

The Boston Globe reports that Brigham and Women's expects to spend $12 million on the initiative over the next six years. MGH would only say the project will cost millions.

A formal announcement is expected Friday.

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