On September 11, in the packed auditorium of 55 Park Street, physicians, staff, volunteers, retirees, Sisters of Charity, and board members from both Yale-New Haven and the Hospital of Saint Raphael witnessed the historic integration of two New Haven hospitals.
(See video of the signing press conference on YouTube.)
After welcoming remarks from Joseph R. Crespo, chair, YNHH Board of Trustees, Yale-New Haven Hospital CEO Marna P. Borgstrom addressed the audience.
"For more than two years, we have worked with our colleagues at the Hospital of Saint Raphael to explore opportunities to better provide exceptional care to the people of our region," said Borgstrom. "What started as simple conversations about how to better coordinate care and work toward better outcomes evolved into a bold new vision for both of our campuses founded upon three core elements: enhancing quality, improving access and helping to make health care more affordable."
Borgstrom hit a chord with the audience when she said, "We are enthusiastic about the opportunity that the integration of Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of Saint Raphael represents. In our hearts, in our minds and in our commitment to the community, we are dedicated to building an exceptionally caring organization, rooted upon the legacy of two extraordinary hospitals."
Christopher O’Connor, the former president of HSR who has been named executive vice president and COO of Yale New Haven Health System, directly addressed the staff who were feeling a sense of loss after their years of dedicated work for HSR.
"We understand that this is an emotional time for those who have served the Hospital of Saint Raphael so proudly over the years," O’Connor said. "To those, I say that we don’t view this as an end to our legacy of caring. Instead, we view this as its natural extension. Working together, bringing to bear the collective talents to these two exceptional organizations, we can and we will meet the demands and the promise of a new healthcare environment.
"Together we are stronger. Together we are better. Together we are healthier," he concluded.
Yale-New Haven is now a single 1,541-bed hospital with two inpatient campuses. It gives YNHH 511 much needed beds and provides financial stability for the HSR campus. The Sister Ann Virginie Grimes Health Center, Saint Raphael’s 120-bed skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation facility, is also part of the transaction. Approximately 3,400 former HSR employees transitioned to positions in the Yale New Haven Health System and 400 members of the HSR medical staff have been newly credentialed as members of the YNHH medical staff.
The ceremony’s final speaker was Sister Rosemary Moynihan, SC, general superior, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, and a new member of the YNHH Board of Trustees. She talked about the legacy of care that the Sisters of Charity established in New Haven 105 years ago. "There is enormous optimism for the future, knowing that our mission of caring will continue with distinction," she said. "You also have our commitment to remain as involved as we can, and we ask in turn that you continue to support this new combined hospital. It can and will achieve great things in the best tradition of Saint Raphael’s and Yale New Haven."