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Children's Medical Center

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Name Children's Medical Center
Address 282 Washington Street
 
Town Hartford
State Connecticut
Country USA
Post Code 06106
Phone 860 545 9000
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About Children's Medical Center

** Mission, Vision and Values **
Connecticut Children's Medical Center is dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health of children through family-centered care, research, education and advocacy. We embrace discovery, teamwork, integrity and excellence in all that we do.

* Services
Connecticut Children's Medical Center is a caring, full-service hospital for the benefit of all of our patients. Our philosophy is child-and family-centered with sensitivity to cultural diversity. We provide leadership in developing child health services in our communities and in advocating for children.

* Education
Connecticut Children's Medical Center is committed to advancing child health through education and serves as a major regional pediatric resource. We encourage and support programs for health professionals, children, families, and the community.

* Research
Connecticut Children's Medical Center is committed to advancing child health through research. We encourage and support basic, clinical, and health services research of regional and national significance.

* Our Patient Bill of Rights
At Connecticut Children's Medical Center, children and their parents or guardians have the right: click here to read more.

* Derechos del Paciente
En el Centro de Médico de Niños de Connecticut los ninos y sus padres o tutores tienen el derecho a: Por favor haz clic aquí.

* Philosophy
A guiding philosophy of our child and family-centered care is at the core of the way patients are served at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

Every inpatient child has a private room and parents are encouraged to room-in at the medical center. Special couches convert to beds for parent sleeping. Kitchen and laundry facilities are also available to families on each inpatient floor.

Understanding the developmental and emotional needs of children guides the staff in the way they care for children. Child Life specialists on staff work to make the hospital experience understandable and therefore less threatening for the child.

Families are involved in all aspects of a child's care. In fact, a parent may accompany their child into the operating room and be present while anesthesia is administered. This helps greatly reduce a child's anxiety about being separated from a parent in an unfamiliar situation.

For the first time in Connecticut, all a child's medical needs may be met in one facility devoted exclusively to pediatrics. All the equipment is child-sized. All the staff specializes in children's health. Bright, colorful playrooms and waiting areas are stocked with toys and games.

A recent survey indicates that 9 out of 10 families who use Connecticut Children's Medical Center would recommend it to friends whose child needs hospitalization. Families from every city and town in the state have taken comfort in discovering that they no longer have to go outside Connecticut for specialized medical or surgical care for their child. It is available right here at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
 
History Of Children's Medical Center

** History **
The Legacy: Newington Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

The history of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center parallels the development of many children’s hospitals across the country. It had its roots in the care of children with chronic handicapping conditions. In an era before handicapped accessibility and a barrier free society, many children with disabilities lived for years at Newington. Children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and polio, who for the most part were confined to wheelchairs, literally grew up in the hospital, attended school there, and participated in on campus scout troops. Some learned manual trades in shop facilities.

1898: “The Newington Home for Incurables” founded at the base of Cedar Mountain. It was established by the Connecticut Children’s Aid Society under the leadership of Virginia Thrall Smith to provide a refuge for children with disabilities. The first 10 patients were called “inmates” and they lived in an old farmhouse. The 56 acre property was a working farm and the staff and patients raised all their own food, including vegetables, meat, eggs and milk.

1901: A second house is built and 41 children are patients. Virginia Thrall Smith helps enact a Connecticut law which removes physically disabled children from alsmhouses and places them in the “home” at Newington.

1913: A hospital is built on the grounds for orthopaedic surgery.

1917: Constance Leigh begins her 30 year stewardship as executive director and changes the name of the institution to “Newington Home for Crippled Children.” More than 120 children are in residence at the “home” and a physical therapy department is formed.

1929: Maurice Pike, M.D., a well-known orthopaedic surgeon, becomes the first resident doctor. A new hospital building opens in 1930 and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then governor of New York, and afflicted with polio, is the keynote speaker at the dedication of the hospital.

1941: Burr H. Curtis, M.D., joins the medical staff as an orthopaedic surgeon, beginning a relationship with the hospital that spans more than 50 years.

1945: Name changed to “Newington Home and Hospital for Crippled Children” and the facility is the first in Connecticut certified to train orthopaedic resident physicians. More than 75 percent of the inpatient cases are children with polio. In one week in September 1943, 56 children with polio were admitted to the hospital during a severe polio epidemic.

1950: The Isidore Wise Pavilion, an on-campus school wing opens.

1956: The development of the polio vaccine spurs a significant change in the focus and direction of the hospital. Dr. Burr Curtis becomes surgeon in chief and conducts a far reaching study of the care of children in children’s hospitals. His paper changes the direction of the hospital from one which primarily concentrated on orthopaedics and children with disabilities to a hospital which provided care to the “total child.”

1963: Frederick J. Flynn, M.D., is appointed Clinical Director of Pediatric Services as the hospital begins to add more pediatric specialty programs.

1967: Ground is broken for a new West wing and the name is changed in 1968 to “Newington Children’s Hospital.” The building is opened in 1970 and is dedicated and named after Dr. Burr H. Curtis who by then is the Medical Director and Executive Director.

1970s: Pediatric specialty services in radiology, neurology, pathology, and ophthalmology are added, and the dental department becomes affiliated with the University of Connecticut School of Dentistry. Special programs to evaluate child development and learning are added, and an inpatient psychiatric service opens.

1976: Dr. Curtis steps down as Executive Director and is succeeded by John Menichetti as President and CEO.

1978: Dr. Curtis is succeeded as Medical Director by Robert A. Kramer, M.D.

1981: The Gait Analysis Laboratory, the first of its kind in the nation, opens at Newington:

1986: In October Newington Children’s Hospital signs a memorandum of understanding with Hartford Hospital, to develop plans to consolidate pediatric services and build a new children’s hospital in Hartford.

1989: Newington Children’s Hospital and Hartford Hospital file an application with the state Commission on Hospitals and Healthcare to construct a 157-bed children’s hospital in Hartford:

1990: The Hartford chapter of the American Leadership Forum conducts a forum on pediatric needs for Hartford and recommends that an independent study be commissioned to examine the CON application for the new children’s hospital.

1990: The Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce commissions Lewin Associates to conduct the study. The final report validates the need for a new comprehensive children’s hospital in Hartford, with some key revisions: it scales back the number of beds to 138, recommends psychiatry be moved to the IOL campus, insists that UConn’s School of Medicine and pediatric beds at John Dempsey Hospital be included, and changes the focus of the proposed children’s hospital to include greater emphasis on primary and preventive care. It recommends that St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center be a party to the CON discussions, and that both St. Francis and UConn and representatives of the community, have seats on an expanded board of directors for the new hospital. It also recommends establishment of the Children’s Fund, to be endowed with a $15 million contribution from Newington Children’s Hospital. (Today the Children’s Fund has a corpus of $23 million with contributions from area corporations and foundations).

1992: Newington Children’s Hospital submits a new CON application with the majority or recommendations from the Lewin Report included. The Commission issues a CON in 1993 after lengthy hearings. Newington begins a payment schedule to endow the Children’s Fund. Psychiatric beds are moved to the IOL and the new bed count is 123.

1994: In November, ground is broken on Washington Street in Hartford for construction of a $90 million children’s hospital. (John Menichetti had stepped down as President and CEO in August and taken medical leave. He died in January of 1995 of cancer.)

1995: Scott Goodspeed is named President and CEO of Newington Children’s Hospital. In June, the hospital announces the name for the new children’s hospital will be “Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.”

1996: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center officially opens on April 2. Patients from Newington Children’s Hospital, Hartford Hospital and UConn Health Center/John Dempsey Hospital are moved in on March 30, and pediatric services at those three institutions are closed. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only freestanding independent hospital in Connecticut which exclusively serves children. It is also the new home of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine pediatric residency program. In November 1996 Larry Gold is named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In March 1997, Scott Goodspeed resigns and Larry Gold is named President and Chief Executive Officer.
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