With ribbon and fanfare, Yale-New Haven Hospital celebrated the opening of its new North Haven Medical Center that offers comprehensive ambulatory care. On February 28, local elected officials, community physicians and residents of North Haven and surrounding towns attended the ribbon-cutting and took tours of the 6 Devine Street facility.
"Yale-New Haven Hospital is a destination hospital and, increasingly, we are taking Yale-New Haven outside of our main campus and bringing its expertise to where patients live," said Richard D'Aquila, president and COO.
"Patients respond to this combination of expertise and convenience — we have seen this for more than eight years in our Shoreline Medical Center in Guilford," said D'Aquila. "The residents of North Haven and its surrounding towns will support the North Haven Medical Center because they value superb care from a nationally recognized provider in their own hometown."
Guests at the ribbon-cutting toured YNHH's first Interventional Immunology Center, which will open in early May. This cutting-edge center will specialize in chronic autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and inflammatory bowel diseases. Specialists in these diseases will see patients by appointment five days a week; the center is located on the second floor.
Richard Stahl (center), MD, vice president, Clinical Services, an early champion of the North Haven Medical Center, describes to Marna Borgstrom, CEO, some of the digital technology in the radiography/fluoroscopy room of the Diagnostic Radiology Center. Behind them, from the left, Beth DeRosa Linsley, manager, Diagnostic Radiology (DR); David Facchini, supervisor of outpatient DR; and Mary Inglese, supervisor, DR, are equally impressed with the center which offers some of the most advanced diagnostic services in the hospital's ambulatory setting.
"The North Haven Medical Center has given us a tremendous opportunity to create for the first time a center totally dedicated to patients experiencing a range of autoimmune diseases," said Thomas Balcezak, MD, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality, and associate chief of staff. "We are bringing together outstanding physicians who are doing advanced immunological research. This center will provide an important model of care as Yale-New Haven grows."
Guests also toured the following:
- The Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center offers comprehensive consultative and infusion treatment services. Medical oncology specialists from the Smilow Hospital Cancer Care Center on Whitney Avenue moved to the care center in the North Haven Medical Center. This care center — located on the second floor — is one of 10 Smilow Hospital Cancer Care Centers in Connecticut.
- The Walk-in Care Center is now open six days a week. Its Northeast Medical Group physicians treat adolescents through adults who have non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and 8 a.m.- noon on Saturday. The Walk-in Care Center is located on the first floor.
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- The Diagnostic Radiology Center will open in mid-March and serve patients five days a week. Located on the first floor, it will offer X-ray, fluoroscopy and MRI procedures.
- A blood draw station and on-site laboratory services provide routine testing and are open six days a week. Both offices are located on the second floor.
YNHH purchased the four-story, 120,000-square-foot building previously owned by AT&T in 2012. Located right off I-91 and the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the conveniently located facility offers ample free parking for patients. The hospital's ITS department is located on the third and fourth floors.
"Increasingly Americans are receiving their care in the ambulatory setting and the North Haven Medical Center brings quality Yale-New Haven care right into this growing community," said Dr. Balcezak. "Our Interventional Immunology Center — the first in Connecticut — will provide an important and unique clinical service and we look forward to introducing other Yale-New Haven services to this community in the near future."