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HART­FORD, Conn.—

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.

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