The Hospital of Central Connecticut is Born
New Britain [October 03 2006] -
The first baby born in the “new” Hospital of Central Connecticut arrived at 2:09 a.m. Oct. 1, and was followed later by a set of triplets.
Christina and Donny Travaglin of Winsted were tired but beaming with their first baby, 5-pound, 7-ounce Olivia Marie in their arms. It was also the hospital’s “first baby” since the Oct. 1 merger of New Britain General and Bradley Memorial hospitals. To celebrate, the hospital gave the family a $50 gift certificate, a stuffed bear twice the baby’s size, balloons, and flowers.
Along with Olivia Travaglin, 6 other babies arrived within the first 24 hours at the Hospital’s New Britain General campus, including one set of triplets. All the babies are doing fine. The triplets are still being cared for in the special care nursery, though because of their relatively small size.
The Travaglins said they came the distance to New Britain because their doctor is Dr. John Andreoli, but said they were very glad they did, “because everyone has been so nice.”
The first official day for The Hospital of Central Connecticut, was busy for everyone. A new web site was launched — www.thocc.org — and a state-of-the art computerized patient information system, known as Cerner, went online. With this new system, patient records from both campuses are merged and all of a patient’s records are fully integrated across hospital departments and functions.
While old signs were being replaced with new ones featuring the new blue and green logo and new name, hospital business went on as usual, with a bustling inpatient floors and Emergency Department, as well as the usual stream of patients arriving for tests and procedures.
“Although it was our first day with our new name, things went as smoothly, providing the same high-quality health care our community expects,” said Hospital President Laurence A. Tanner. “Continuing to offer state-of-the-art healthcare, conveniently located within our own communities, is our ultimate goal,” said Tanner.
The Hospital’s New Britain and Southington campuses will continue to offer all services, including emergency, inpatient, surgery, lab, and radiology services, while improving efficiencies and reducing rising costs, making it easier for patients to access care.
The primary reasons cited for the merger are: 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 also allows the Hospital to: attract the best and brightest practitioners; acquire the most advanced technology without duplication; ensure that Central Connecticut residents have access to excellent care, close to home; allow patients to be transferred from one campus to another, without duplication of paperwork and costs; optimize use of beds on both campuses during peak volume times; and share staff and other resources, including a shared medical staff with privileges on both campuses.
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