CHH and YNHH Exploring East Litchfield Location For New Cancer Center

(Torrington, CT)  Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH), Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), and Yale Cancer Center (YCC) are exploring an East Litchfield location for a new, jointly-developed outpatient cancer center that would replace the area’s current, Torrington-based Center For Cancer Care.

The partners signed a letter of intent last fall and agreed to enhance the existing services patients have come to expect in the local delivery of cancer care, and are working to integrate and streamline the center’s services and procedures into a new facility.

A key focus of the current phase of the joint project is site selection, with East Litchfield as the preferred location under consideration.  After considering several available locations in the Torrington, Litchfield and Harwinton areas, this location has a promising appeal for many reasons, and it is getting primary attention at this time.

“The scope of cancer services being contemplated under this partnership, and the anticipated growth in utilization of those services over the next several years, require a differently designed and larger physical space and footprint,”said Jedd Levine, MD, of Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital. “Unfortunately, the current location of the Center for Cancer Care on Kennedy Drive cannot accommodate these growth needs.”

In the spirit of sharing information about this project and soliciting local feedback, the involved parties held an informational forum on May 2 for members of the Litchfield community.  “Like any major endeavor involving the expansion of health services, it is important to gather community input,” said John Capobianco, CHH Vice President for Operations.  “Over the next few months we will continue to engage Litchfield residents and officials to fully determine the feasibility and desirability of the property adjacent to Route 118 in East Litchfield.”

The new facility will continue to provide local and regional access to care and ensure the efficient, effective and high-quality delivery of a wide-variety of cancer services in a single facility. Services at the new location will include medical oncology; radiation oncology and patient support services; laboratory medicine and diagnostic imaging services.  Both Yale-New Haven and CHH are excited about the promise for cancer services in northwest Connecticut through this joint project, and all parties are advancing the work with all deliberate speed.

“We are delighted to jointly enhance and build upon outpatient cancer services in Litchfield County with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital,” said Thomas Lynch, Jr., MD, Director, Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief, Smilow Cancer Hospital.  “We are making tremendous strides in cancer treatment, and this project will allow us to bring novel medicines and therapies closer to patients who live and work in northwest Connecticut.”

Shared goals for the partnership to enhance patient care include building upon and strengthening the center’s resources and services including utilizing current physicians and staff, enhancing complementary cancer therapies and patient support and supporting the expansion of the early cancer detection and prevention services, and benefitting local patients by offering greater access to cutting edge treatment options and technology..

The collaboration offers access to a network of nationally known cancer experts and expanded expertise to treat rare and specialized cancer cases; offer patients innovative treatment options through clinical trials; expand counseling and testing for those at risk for hereditary cancer; and create convenient access to a special boutique designed to help patients feel better despite their illness.

Yale-New Haven Hospital is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. Yale-New Haven was founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826 and today, the two in-patient campus hospital complex includes Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital.

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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.

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