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EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT HAS BUSIEST DAY IN ITS HISTORY

New Britain [January 03 2008] - The New Year arrived with hacking coughs and more severe ailments at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, where the record for emergency room visits in a single day was shattered on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

A total of 267 people sought treatment that day in the New Britain campus ER, bypassing a prior record of 255 ER visits in a single day set in 2006.

“We can’t attribute the surge to any one particular cause, although we did see a lot of bronchitis and other respiratory ailments, “ said Jeffrey Finkelstein, M.D., chief of the ER. “The good new is, despite the volume, 70 percent of patients were seen by a doctor or physician assistant within one hour of arrival, and 94 percent were seen within two hours.”

To accommodate the number of visitors, nurses stayed beyond the end of their shifts and several additional physicians were called in, Finkelstein said.

Put into good use on Wednesday were the Emergency Department’s seven new treatment rooms, which opened in November as part of a continuing expansion of the third busiest ER in Connecticut. In addition to the new treatment rooms, the expansion added two nursing stations, a nutrition station, accessible restroom and storage space. The third phase of the project is now under way and includes renovation of the previously existing sections of the ER. This portion is expected to be complete by April.

The entire project will increase beds by 11 to 46, with 41 beds in private rooms, and all patient rooms will be multifunctional for a variety of conditions. New technologies include new cardiac monitoring and computer equipment, and multiple 40” LCD flat panel screens to track ER patients. Phase one brought eight new exam rooms, a new nurse station, two holding bays and a new triage area.

Supporting the ER’s expansion and renovation is a capital campaign that includes two challenge grants. The American Savings Foundation has pledged a $250,000 challenge grant to match pledges made to the ER appeal by businesses, individuals, community and civic groups. The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has pledged a $50,000 challenge grant to match new pledges made by employees, medical staff, and associated medical practices.

Contact: Helayne Lightstone or Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5470 or 860-224-5900, ext. 6507














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