Temple Medical Center services relocating, upgrading to serve more patients

On July 1, 1978, Temple Surgical Center opened, becoming one of Connecticut’s first freestanding, outpatient surgical facilities and joining a nationwide movement to shift certain hospital services to community sites.

More than 40 years later, Yale New Haven Hospital is in the process of moving services from the buildings at 40 and 60 Temple St. to different locations. YNHH services at Temple Medical Center are scheduled to close by late spring, while a number of Yale Medicine services will remain.

YNHH patients have been or are being notified of the moves. Services previously offered at Temple will continue to be offered at YNHH’s York Street and Saint Raphael campuses, along with these locations:

  • Temple Diagnostic Radiology and blood-draw services closed March 29. Visit ynhh.org for other locations.
  • Endoscopy services are scheduled to end at Temple at the end of April. These services will move to other YNHH sites, including North Haven Medical Center.
  • Surgery services are scheduled to end at Temple in late May. Procedures will be offered at Shoreline Medical Center in Guilford and other YNHH locations.

The Temple moves are part of an overall Yale New Haven Health and Yale Medicine plan to enhance and strategically locate ambulatory services and physician practices.

“Yale New Haven Health’s ambulatory sites provide everything from emergency care to a variety of surgical procedures to advanced, highly specialized treatments for a wide range of conditions,” said Michael Schaffer, vice president, Ambulatory Services. “With the Temple Medical Center moves and other ambulatory care initiatives, the health system continues to increase access to advanced care by bringing it closer to home for our patients.”

Temple Medical Center timeline

July 1, 1978: YNHH teams up with neurosurgeon Alvin Greenberg, MD, to open Temple Surgical Center at 60 Temple St. as one of Connecticut’s first freestanding, outpatient surgical centers.

1986: Center expands into newly opened 40 Temple St. building, adding two operating rooms to the existing four.

May 1987: Temple Surgical Center moves two of its operating rooms to a new Women’s Surgical Center in the adjoining building.

1989: Podiatry and gastroenterology added. Image intensifier purchased to allow for more complex procedures.

1991: With the opening of the New Haven Medical Hotel, Temple Surgical and Women’s Centers expand the type and complexity of ambulatory surgery procedures to include short-term overnight, elective procedures previously performed only in the hospital. Sept. 23, 1994: YNHH’s Ambulatory Services Corp. purchases Temple and Women’s Surgical Centers and Temple Radiology Department.

1996: New Haven Medical Hotel becomes Temple Recovery Care Center (TRCC), which occupies one floor of the hotel building. TRCC closed in 2013.

July 1998: Connecticut’s first, freestanding Gamma Knife Center opens at Temple Surgical Center.

March 1999: Temple Endoscopy Center, a four-room GI suite, opens at 40 Temple St.

July 2006: Facilities at Temple Surgical, Women’s Surgical, Temple Endoscopy, Gamma Knife Center, Temple Radiology and all satellite radiology centers are restructured to become a division of Yale New Haven Hospital.

2019: YNHH moves its services out of Temple Medical Center to other locations as part of a strategy to bring advanced ambulatory care to people in more areas.

Timeline courtesy of Yale New Haven Hospital Archives