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Construction Begins at Hospital Emergency Department - No Disruption to Parking and Service

New Britain [July 12 2006] - New Britain General Hospital’s Emergency Department is beginning construction for a major expansion on Monday, July 17.

Hospital President Laurence A. Tanner issued a statement saying “There will be absolutely no disruption of service to patients and visitors — either in terms of healthcare or in access to the Emergency Department.”

To assure ease of access during construction, the hospital will have a free valet parking service for ED patients. The service will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day. During other times, hospital security staff, who are on duty in the ED 24 hours, will provide parking assistance.

The New Britain General ED, which sees more than 60,000 patients a year, is adding 10,000 square feet and will increase treatment room space by 33 percent. Construction will proceed in three phases over a two-year period. This schedule will minimize impact on patients and staff and allow for continuous and smoothly-functioning emergency service.

The project is expected to cost $6.5 million. The hospital’s most recent capital campaign raised funds for this and three other projects on the New Britain General campus, and an additional effort to raise $1 million more for this ED expansion is ongoing.

Visits to the Emergency Department at New Britain General Hospital have increased nearly 30 percent since a major renovation in 1997, with over 63,000 patients seen in 2005.

Contact: Corporate Communications, 860-224-5900 x6507

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