The Board of Governors of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) has recently announced the hospital is planning to relocate its Winsted Health Center based emergency room and medical services to a nearby, newly planned facility, thereby affirming CHH’s long-term commitment to providing the greater Winsted area with the best emergency medical care available.
After years of deliberation, the conclusion reached was that the future needs of our patients, staff, area physicians and the public will best be met by building a new, easily accessible, and patient-friendly facility on Rt. 44 on the town line between Winsted and Barkhamsted. This soon to be constructed 19,000 square foot medical building will permit CHH to offer additional, technologically-advanced services which will better meet the needs of those it serves, just one mile from its current location on Spencer Street in Winsted.
Plans call for the new space to be built within the next two years and to accommodate the relocation of existing services including the emergency department, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, blood drawing, laboratory, x-ray, digital mammography services, a sleep center, physician offices, and more.
These services will remain open for business and uninterrupted in their current location until the new facility is completed.
By way of background, when it became clear that upgrades were needed for our Winsted-based services, an extensive set of criteria for future patient care and safety was established. These criteria assisted the Board of Governors in determining whether our existing location or an alternate location would be the best option to achieve our goals.
The criteria included the following:
Clinical and Patient Needs – Plan for the highest quality provision of medical services in a facility, including patient friendliness and comfort, accommodation of technology, and improved coordination of care.
Feasibility of Site Plan – Plan for an architecturally sound and conceptually well-designed layout to meet the basic functional needs for a health center, including accessibility (patient/vehicle), helicopter access, and visibility of site.
Economics – Target a cost of construction, rental rates in relation to fair-market value, and model a profit and loss statement for each alternative.
Community – Thoroughly understand the positions and perceptions of the community and its leaders, the current site’s history, and the needs of the staff, providers, and other health care partners associated with our current operation.
Market – Evaluate the degree to which each proposal meets the needs of the market, including facility size, service mix, technology, and staffing.
Strategic – Evaluate each proposal in relation to our Strategic Plan.
For the last three years, CHH applied these criteria to several options including investment scenarios on Spencer Street. Extensive work was conducted in conjunction with the Winsted Health Center Foundation that involved modeling a number of scenarios, along with an economic and market analysis of continued operations at its current location. It was concluded that the age, site limitations, and current condition of our leased space at the Winsted Health Center did not present a cost-effective alternative to the option of a new building.
After considering five other Winsted area properties, and with a desire to be located conveniently on Route 44, but remain as close to the downtown Winsted area as possible, the nearby location on the Winsted/Barkhamsted line has been selected and architectural plans on this site are being finalized by the developer.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.