Q: What is the project all about?
A: Danbury Hospital is expanding its main campus beginning with additional parking in an expanded Blue Garage, and then a new Tower with single rooms and space for future development and expanded Emergency Department at our 24 Hospital Ave location.
Q: What are the benefits of a project like this?
A: The benefits are many and include:
- A contemporary and welcoming patient-centered care environment offering the highest level of care
- A more healing and therapeutic environment.
- More single rooms in order to continue to provide you with the best personal care and privacy during your stay
- Increased capacity
- Latest technology
- Implementation of green technology
- A new and expanded Emergency Department offering better privacy and efficiency
- A new critical care unit
- A completely new and state of the art NICU
- Improved parking
- A platform for future development
- Potential opportunities for employees that come with future growth
- Employee access to new amenities, such as contemporary common spaces and a modern café
Q: What about economic benefits like jobs?
A: The economic benefits from this project are very real and a tremendous opportunity for our community. They include
- A direct impact of $150m (Estimated total project cost)
- An indirect impact of $290m (estimated local expenditures for resources like gas, restaurants, services and supplies for workers)
- An estimated 500 (FTEs) over the 3-4-year construction project life
- Over 1,000,000 hours of labor including sheet metal workers, plumbers and pipe fitters, carpenters, electricians and laborers
Q: When do you plan to start the project?
We plan to begin in March 2011 by dismantling some of the existing blue garage to then expand it for more convenient and connected parking. When that project is completed about a year from now, we’ll break ground on the new Tower itself.
Q: What will happen with the main entrance? Will that change?
A: The main entrance may shift to the Locust Avenue Stroock entrance for the duration of the construction. Once the project is complete, we will have a welcoming and contemporary new entrance off of Hospital Avenue.
Q: What disruptions may take place?
A: With a project of this size, you can’t help but have some disruptions. There may be traffic delays. Some blasting and construction noise will likely occur. Through careful planning, and strong communications with our neighbors and the city, we’ll do our very best to keep any inconveniences to a minimum.
Q: What safety measures will you have in place to address any concerns?
A: Patient access and safety concerns for patients, visitors and staff are top of mind concerns. We will be adding news and alerts to keep our neighbors apprised of construction plans and at those times when there may be traffic delays.
We are working closely with the schools and the Police Department to make sure students can pass safely to and from school. Danbury Hospital is prepared to fund additional crossing Guards to ensure student safety.
Communication to employees will also become more frequent and detailed as the project is underway. Many hospital-based employees will be directed to park at offsite locations to alleviate parking concerns. A more detailed plan to communicate parking arrangements to employees is currently being created.
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Q: How much will the project cost?
A: The project is estimated to cost between $125 and $150 million but we will also see savings through new technology and efficiencies created as a result of the project.
Q: Will my healthcare become more expensive in order to fund this project?
A: There is no direct correlation in your cost of healthcare and this project.
Q: Where should I go if I have a question or concern?
A: Please contact Danbury Hospital directly at 203-739-7247. Someone in our Public Relations Department will get back to you within the day. If you have an urgent matter, please contact the Danbury Police Department at 203-797-4611 x365 or dial 911 for any emergencies.
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