The University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, unveiled plans to partner with Hartford Healthcare to create a two-campus teaching hospital. Michael Hogan, the universitys president, said the partners hope to finalize the deal in January 2009. Hartford Healthcare, which owns 552-bed Hartford (Conn.) Hospital, was one of five hospitals that stepped forward in August with bids to affiliate with the academic health center and its 153-bed John Dempsey Hospital. Hartford submitted a joint deal with the 330-bed Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain.
The Connecticut Legislature earlier this year endorsed a plan for the university to find a partner after competing hospitals objected to plans to replace Dempsey with a larger hospital. Hogan said a deal with Hartford would give the universitys medical center the same economy of scale as building an expanded hospital. Officials still hope to replace Dempsey, Hogan said.
Under the deal, ownership of Hartford Hospital and Dempsey would not change, but the two hospitals would be managed by Hartford Healthcare as a two-campus University Hospital. The deal also calls for a research collaborative with the universitys existing teaching hospitals to create a National Institutes of Health-funded institute for biomedical research. -- by Melanie Evans