HARTFORD — Joining with a national and statewide push to infuse the medical industry with money, the state Bond Commission approved $13.5 million for improvement of six hospital and health centers in Hartford.
Hartford houses most of the medical centers in the Greater Hartford region and state law makers and investors are looking to “increase the city’s growing stature in medical education, as that sector becomes an increasingly important component of Connecticut’s economy.”
On Friday Senator John Fonfara (D-Hartford), Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Senator Eric Coleman (D-Bloomfield) praised Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Bond Commission for approving the funds.
“These funds will make a multitude of improvements at the hospitals and health centers which serve the daily needs of Hartford residents and others in the region,” said Fonfara.
Coleman gave an explanation of how the funding would actually benefit city residents instead of just developers.
“The current round of bonding allocations is very consistent with the state interest in expanding health care coverage and making advancements in the way of health care is delivered, with a view toward reducing the cost of health care,” he said.
Hartford Hospital will receive a $5 million allocation for the expansion of a simulation and conference center on its campus in Hartford, which will add significantly to the hospital’s tools for medical education, officials said.
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center was also awarded $5 million, to develop the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation at its Hartford location. The institute will provide opportunities for innovative models of medical training, and will serve as a laboratory for improving patient care through applied research, according to officials.
The Charter Oak Health Center and Community Health Services, Inc., the medical home for economically disadvantaged members of the North End of Hartford, will each receive $1 million for equipment to provide electronic medical records and access to remote treatment and training centers at their Harford facilities.
In addition, the Hispanic Health Council was granted $1 million for renovations and repairs at their Hartford facilities.
Saint Joseph College will receive $500,000 to assist with expansion of its School of Pharmacy in Hartford. 16,000 square feet will be added to the school’s leased space, including a third classroom, a library addition, student lounge and a faculty board room.