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Merging Hospitals Announce New Name

New Britain [August 02 2006] - When New Britain General and Bradley Memorial Hospitals merge Oct. 1, the new name will be “The Hospital of Central Connecticut,” officials announced today.

“The name reflects the area and the people we serve, and our commitment to bring the most advanced health care to the people of Central Connecticut,” said Laurence A. Tanner, president of New Britain General and the Central Connecticut Health Alliance, parent company of the hospitals. “While our name is new, we will continue to provide the same high-quality health care our communities have come to expect from both New Britain General and Bradley Memorial.”

The Hospital of Central Connecticut will maintain both campuses in New Britain and Southington with the same full range of services, including emergency, inpatient, surgery, lab, outpatient, and radiology. Those campuses will be known as The Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General, and The Hospital of Central Connecticut at Bradley Memorial, Tanner said.

Tanner’s comments came at a press conference at New Britain General, during which The Hospital of Central Connecticut logo was also unveiled. The logo visually unites the colors from both hospitals’ previous logos —blue from New Britain General and green from Bradley Memorial. Two sets of banded curves converge, conveying a sense of community and the coming together of both hospitals in fluid forms that suggest hands or waves.

New Britain General and Bradley Memorial, both part of the Central Connecticut Health Alliance, have been closely aligned for more than a decade. During that time, they have expanded many services while improving efficiencies and reducing rising costs, making it easier for patients
to access care in the communities they serve. In March 2005, the state Office of Healthcare Access
(OHCA) approved the hospitals’ request to merge under a single license. The hospitals cited four reasons for the merger: improved delivery of healthcare, better access to medical specialists and services, cost savings to both the hospital and patients, and the ability to become a focal point for community health information.

The consolidation will also:

  • Help the Hospital attract the best and brightest practitioners, and to acquire the most advanced technology without duplication.



  • Ensure that Central Connecticut residents have access to superb care, close to home.



  • Allow patients to be transferred from one campus to another, without having to be discharged and readmitted, and without paying two deductibles.



  • Provide for optimal use of beds on both campuses during peak volume times.



  • Allow for better sharing of staff and other resources, including a shared medical staff with privileges on both campuses


With the consolidation, Tanner will become president of The Hospital of Central Connecticut and the Central Connecticut Health Alliance (CCHA).
Bradley Memorial Hospital President Clarence Silvia will serve as senior vice president of operations for The Hospital of Central Connecticut and CCHA, both positions he currently holds.

“Continuing to offer state-of-the-art healthcare, conveniently located within our own communities, is our ultimate goal,” said Tanner.


Fact Sheet for Oct. 1, 2006 Merger

  • Total beds under the single license unchanged: 414 inpatient beds plus 32 bassinets (New Britain General campus — 330 licensed beds and 32 bassinets; Bradley Memorial campus — 84 licensed beds)



  • 2,940 employees



  • Nearly 500 physicians



  • Anticipated combined annual inpatient admissions of more than 17,000



  • Projected 80,000+ visits per year to the Emergency Department



  • The hospitals have already consolidated operations in accounting, information systems, pathology, infectious disease, finance, managed care contracting and insurance.



  • Both campuses will continue to offer all of the same services.



  • Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and other healthcare organizations.



  • Teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine


Merger Timeline

  • October 1995: Parent corporations of both hospitals merged under the name Central Connecticut Health Alliance.



  • February 2004: Public hearing on single licensure plan



  • December 2004: Merger application filed with state Office of Healthcare Access



  • March 2005: OHCA approves hospitals’ plan to consolidate under a single hospital license



  • October 1, 2006: Hospitals to merge under new name, The Hospital of Central Connecticut.



Services

Bradley Memorial Campus

  • Inpatient: inpatient care in general medicine and surgery and various specialties, including but not limited to: cardiology; physical medicine; radiology; 24-hour emergency care; neurosurgery; and intensive care.



  • Outpatient: ambulatory surgery, cardiac testing and rehabilitation, physical medicine, respiratory therapy, and other types of outpatient services, as well as:



    • Women’s Center



    • Diagnostic laboratory services and radiology, including advanced Open MRI, scintimammography



    • Wound Care Center



New Britain General Campus

  • Inpatient services: General medicine, surgery, behavioral health and psychiatry, numerous specialties:



  • Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cardiovascular Medicine; Clinical Research Center; Ferdinand Sauer, MD Family BirthPlace; Joslin Diabetes Affiliate; Sleep Disorders Center; the George Bray Cancer Center; and the Center for Joint Care.



  • Other specialties: Behavioral Health, Bone and Osteoporosis Center, Fertility and Women’s Health, Wolfson Palliative Care, Weigh Your Options clinical weight loss center and bariatric surgery services.



  • Full range of outpatient services, including clinics, advanced imaging capacities, diagnostic and laboratory services.



Contact: Helayne Lightstone 860-224-5470, Corporate Communications














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