Danbury Hospital will improve the level of care for all of Western Connecticut and nearby New York through a new clinical addition underway that will rival most prominent medical institutions in the country. In the spring of 2011, the hospital embarked on a $150 million facility expansion project that will add approximately 316,000 square feet of new construction to its existing campus – the largest expansion in the hospital's 125-year history. The contemporary North Tower building will feature a welcoming patient-centered environment, a new, spacious lobby, 105 private patient rooms including one 35 bed medical surgical unit, a 30-bed critical care unit, a rooftop helipad, space for future operating rooms, and a 40,000 square-foot Emergency Department able to serve 90,000 visits per year.
With the Hospital Avenue parking garage construction and the official Tower groundbreaking concluded, the North Tower project is targeted for completion in 2014.
"We have always sought to deliver 'a higher level of care' in a way that positively impacts our patients and community," said John Murphy, MD, President and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network. "This project means that we will no longer be bound by space constraints and we can now make our vision a reality to increase patient and physician access, and maximize patient privacy."
Although the project is a crucial healthcare initiative for the Health Network, Dr. Murphy notes that the North Tower expansion project is also a major economic driver for the region, as it will create 500 new jobs and infuse an estimated $250 million into the local economy over the next few years. "This project marks a major step forward in the support of our many long-term goals, resulting in Danbury Hospital becoming a top healthcare destination in the Connecticut and New York region," adds Dr. Murphy. "We eagerly anticipate working closely with both our medical partners and the greater Danbury community throughout this project to meet the current and future needs of our patients and their families."