Following significant analysis and collaboration with the Department of Public Health, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is pleased to announce that its plans for a new Infusion Center and Outpatient Dialysis Center are moving forward.
Connecticut Children’s new Dialysis Center will be built on the Main Campus in Hartford at 282 Washington as originally planned, while a new Infusion Center will be developed on the Medical Center’s Farmington campus at 10 Birdseye Road.
“We have determined that the Connecticut Children’s Infusion Center will be best developed in an outpatient environment on our Farmington campus to make access to care easier for patients and their families,” said James Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Currently, Connecticut Children’s administers more than 3,000 infusions a year in a space that was designed 22 years ago for a fraction of that number. As infusion volumes continue to rise, the new space in Farmington will accommodate this growth in an open, child-friendly space offering private treatment bays large enough to accommodate patients and their families.
“This new location will also provide additional benefits to enhance the patient and family experience, including convenient parking and highway access for these outpatient clinic services,” Dr. Shmerling said.
Meanwhile, the new Dialysis Center, which will be housed on the fourth floor of the Medical Center, will provide outpatient dialysis services for children, making it the first pediatric center of its kind in the state. At any given time, as many as three to five patients at Connecticut Children’s need outpatient dialysis while awaiting transplant.
The new Centers are expected to open in approximately 9-12 months.
To support the multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, please visit give.connecticutchildrens.org/InfusionDialysis.