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Hospital opens expanded Emergency Department; kicks off $2 million capital campaign

New Britain [November 06 2007] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut held an open house on Nov. 6, celebrating an expanded and renovated Emergency Department.

The event featured tours, speakers, and a ribbon cutting. It also kicked off a capital campaign that targets a $2 million fund-raising goal, including challenge grants from two local foundations.

About 100 people attended the event, including State Sen. Donald J. DeFronzo, chief assistant majority leader; New Britain Mayor Timothy Stewart; and Cristine A. Vogel of the State of Connecticut Office of Health Care Access.

“The state’s third busiest Emergency Department has expanded to improve our level of patient care,” says Jeff Finkelstein, M.D., chief, Emergency Department. “This includes additions and renovations aimed at decreasing patient wait and treatment time, enhancing care quality, and increasing patient satisfaction.”

This phase of the ED project, the second in a three-part plan, is scheduled to open for patients Nov. 13, and includes seven exam rooms, two nurse stations, and nutrition station. The third phase, expected to be complete by April 2008, will renovate the ED’s original section. The entire project will increase beds by 11 to 46, with 41 beds in private rooms, and several rooms designed to decrease the risk of diseases such as tuberculosis or severe acute respiratory syndrome. It also adds new cardiac monitoring and computer equipment, and multiple 40” LCD flat panel screens to track ED patients. Phase one expansion included eight new exam rooms, a new nurse station, and new triage area.

Supporting the ED’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 ED 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. The hospital has raised $612,249 to date from initial fund raising toward the ED project. For more campaign information, please call David Obedzinksi, chief Development officer, at (860) 224-5567.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, (860) 224-5900, X6507

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