The University of Connecticut Health Center would expand and renovate its John Dempsey Hospital under a proposed network between the academic medical center and other Connecticut hospitals and health systems. The $352 million proposal—of which just $25 million has been financed—would add a $236 million patient tower at the John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington, Conn., and another $96 million in further renovations to the 155-bed hospital. The remaining $20 million would finance other network projects, including a simulation center at Hartford Healthcare’s flagship 551-bed Hartford Hospital. The 114-bed Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, would manage the University’s neonatal intensive-care unit under the network. The 620-bed St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, also in Hartford, would become the site of a primary-care institute to target chronic disease management. Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell said the state would seek approval to issue $227 million in bonds and has lobbied for $100 million in federal funds for the project. The stalled Senate health reform bill includes a $100 million appropriation for construction at an academic medical center at a public university. Rell, who said the network would
The University of Connecticut Health Center would expand its John Dempsey Hospital under a proposed network between the medical center and other local hospitals.