Stamford Hospital is revising its plans to build an entirely new facility in multiple phases over the next 10 to 15 years, for an estimated $575 million, to a new plan to build the facility in a single phase over the next four years, for an estimated $450 million.
Under the new, single-phase plan — which is still subject to approval by the Stamford Zoning Board of Appeals — the new hospital facility would be completed by spring 2016, according to hospital officials.
“The rationale behind this decision included consideration of the Hospital’s strong financial performance, favorable interest rates, as well as the overall cost savings to complete the plan in a single phase,” said Brian G. Grissler, Stamford Hospital’s president and CEO, in a press release. “Additionally, our goal is to deliver a first-class healthcare center to area residents as quickly as possible, with plans specifically designed to satisfy the growing needs of our patients.”
As per the press release, key features of the new hospital include:
• New patient care units with all private rooms and private bathrooms, as well as centralized nurses’ stations for more flexible care delivery.
• An Emergency Department with separate treatment areas for trauma, cardiac, urgent, behavioral health and pediatric patients; 50% more treatment rooms; dedicated and easily accessible parking; and individual points of entry for walk-in and ambulance arrivals.
• Significantly larger surgical suites to accommodate the latest technology.
• A new Pediatric Unit in the Whittingham Pavilion adjacent to the current Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to centralize mother-child services.
• An expansion of the ICU from 16 to 24 beds, emphasizing the Hospital’s commitment to critical care and tertiary services.
• A central location for all Heart & Vascular Institute services, including Electrophysiology, Catheterization and Interventional Labs.
The Hospital has reportedly secured $250 million in bonding for the project. Additional funding is expected to come from philanthropy and hospital earnings, according to the release.