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Norwalk Hospital Building Our Future

By Norwalk Hospital

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Norwalk, CT - Norwalk Hospital is holding a community forum to share plans for “building our future” through the construction of a new five-story Ambulatory Pavilion. The forum will be held on Wednesday, December 5, at 6 p.m. in the Richard S. Perkin Auditorium of the hospital.

This project, for which preliminary work has begun, will be completed in 2015 and will house a new Emergency Department, Cancer Center, Digestive Diseases Center and Ambulatory Surgery.

“This exciting development for outpatient services will result in enhanced patient comfort, access and operational efficiency as part of our ongoing mission ‘to provide uniquely excellent, innovative and compassionate health care with exceptional outcomes’,” said Dan DeBarba, president and CEO of Norwalk Hospital.

Ambulatory (outpatient) services represent the majority of treatments in the hospital and as technology advances, this trend will continue into the future. “Our Ambulatory Pavilion will not only provide modern facilities, upgraded technology and enhanced patient privacy, but will also be constructed in such a way to allow Norwalk Hospital to accommodate future development,” said Lisa Brady, senior vice president and COO, Norwalk Hospital.

Fifteen years ago the Emergency Department was renovated to serve 25,000 people each year, but now 50,000 people are treated annually in Emergency. The new department, which will remain on the third level, will double in size. With a double trauma room and a rooftop helipad, the Emergency Department will have a “flexible” design to accommodate surges in patient volume. It will also be designed to provide enhanced patient privacy and designated areas to accommodate pediatric, urgent care and mental health services.

The Cancer Center, currently on the Stevens Street side of the hospital, will be relocated to the third level in the new pavilion. The new Center will feature peaceful, serene treatment areas to enhance the patient experience. It will be more spacious to accommodate patients, families, expanded support services and clinical research programs. A CT simulator will be added for radiation treatment planning and a next generation linear accelerator will be installed to keep pace with patient demand. A healing garden will offer patients and family members a quiet area to rest and relax during treatment.

Ambulatory Surgery accounts for 70 percent of all surgeries performed at Norwalk Hospital because the majority of procedures do not require an overnight stay. The new Ambulatory Surgery facility on the fifth floor will have an expanded patient intake and recovery area with enhanced patient privacy and a bright and spacious family waiting lounge.

The Digestive Diseases Center, ranked nationally as a top center in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases, will have larger screening and treatment rooms. Digestive Diseases will be consolidated to enhance patient access and designed to accommodate new and innovative technologies.

During the construction phase, the Emergency Department entrance will remain in its current location on the third level (Maple Street). However, the Ambulatory entrance of the hospital for all other outpatient services, which is currently located on the third floor, will be closed. Outpatients and visitors will be directed to the main entrance of the hospital during construction. Parking will be available in the garage, which can be accessed from both Maple and Steven Streets. Prominent signage will be visible during the construction period and security personnel will be available to assist patients and visitors.

Whittingham Cancer Center patients will continue to use the Cancer Center entrance on Stevens Street, where valet parking is available.

The $102 million expansion project, when completed, will include approximately 95,000 square feet of new space and 35,000 square feet of renovated space. Thanks to an extraordinary lead gift, the new building will be named The Anne P. and Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center, in honor of their commitment to health care, community and Norwalk Hospital. This gift is made by The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc. and the McGraw family.

The Legacy of Caring Capital Campaign for the new Pavilion has a $30 million goal. To date, $26 million has been raised from a small group of local philanthropists who are helping transform health care at Norwalk Hospital.

“The support of our neighbors and all those we serve, as well as our physicians, employees and volunteers, enables Norwalk Hospital to build our future for healthcare and further our mission,” said Mr. DeBarba.

RSVP to attend the December 5th Community Forum at Norwalk Hospital by calling 203-852-2250.

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