Winsted, Conn., lost its only hospital when it closed shop and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last fall.
Now community leaders have partnered with two area hospitals in a bid to revive the shuttered facility. But the plan hinges on state approval and a successful bid in bankruptcy court.
In the next 30 days, the Winsted Health Center Foundation plans to submit a bid to buy the building that formerly housed Winsted Memorial Hospital. The foundation was created last year to receive charitable donations to save the financially troubled hospital (Nov. 4, 1996, p. 20).
Local attorney Charlene LaVoie, who is helping to coordinate the effort, said the foundation will finance a majority of the as-yet-undetermined cost.
The foundation and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Conn., will file jointly a certificate-of-need application to provide healthcare services in the Winsted facility. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., has agreed to provide hospital services, including emergency care and surgery, in joint ventures with Charlotte Hungerford.
Saint Francis would provide office space for physicians and manage physical therapy services, and Charlotte Hungerford would manage laboratory and radiology services. Saint Francis also has agreed to pay for hospital renovations, at an estimated cost of $700,000 to $800,000, said spokesman Pete Mobilia.