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Bristol Hospital expands Southington facility, eyes future growth in New Britain

Hartford Courant 2020-02-14 05:40:09

The competition between hospitals in Bristol and New Britain grew a little sharper Thursday when Bristol Hospital formally opened an expanded medical office complex just blocks away from the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Southington campus.

Bristol Hospital’s new facility on Main Street adds about a half-dozen specialties that will be offered part-time there. Bristol opened a satellite operation in Southington three years ago with mostly primary care physicians and two part-time specialists.

The new location is four times larger and now offers specialty care in cardiology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonary medicine, sports medicine and urology.

“It’s always been one of the organization’s goals to bring the expertise of our medical practice a little closer to home to residents in such towns as Southington and New Britain,” said Ed Henry, vice president of ambulatory services and executive director of the Bristol Health Medical Group. “Since we opened our first office in Southington in 2017, the community has welcomed us with open arms.”

The facility will have about 15 doctors, physician assistants, nurses, aides and office staffers. Located in a former Rite Aid is in the heart of downtown, it has 12 exam rooms along with conference areas, procedure rooms and more. It is about a third of a mile from the former Bradley Memorial Hospital, which is now affiliated with the New Britain-based Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Competition between local hospitals jumped sharply in 2013 when the Hospital of Central Connecticut opened a 15,000-square-foot outpatient and primary care complex on Pine Street, about 2 miles from Bristol Hospital. The center now has an outpatient lab, radiology and urology services, physical rehabilitation, oncology and gastrointestinal services, wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

Two years later, Bristol Hospital opened a satellite operation in Plainville, a suburb between the two cities, and in 2017 launched primary care physicians’ offices in Southington and New Britain.

“We want to provide the communities in these markets with an alternate option for care, one that’s focused on community medicine and making care as timely and accessible as possible in their own neighborhood,” Henry said.

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Bristol Hospital’s office in New Britain offers primary care, ob-gyn and orthopedic services.

“We will likely develop additional services out there,” Henry said.

Bristol Hospital also has primary care offices in Burlington, Plymouth and Wolcott. The Hospital of Central Connecticut

Hartford HealthCare, which is allied with the Hospital of Central Connecticut, maintains physicians offices in a complex in Plainville.