Hospital breaks ground for new Trumbull outpatient building

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bridgeport Hospital broke ground Sept. 19 for a new, 120,000-square-foot medical office building on its outpatient campus at 5520 Park Avenue in Trumbull. At the same time, a 450-space parking garage opened to ensure sufficient parking during construction for patients and staff in the existing building at the site, which was once occupied by Golf Digest.

When it opens in early 2016, the new building will serve as the hub of a comprehensive outpatient campus, conveniently located just off Merritt Parkway Exit 47 and almost exactly at the spot where Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield and Trumbull come together. In fact, the new garage is located on the Bridgeport side of the town line. Improvements to the Exit 47 interchange are also underway.

“We have succeeded in bringing high-quality, world-class care to a very convenient, accessible site,” hospital President and CEO William Jennings said at the combination groundbreaking-ribbon cutting ceremony. “This is a game changer for health care in the communities we serve.”

“The accessibility to services for more area residents will help us better serve the community,” added Chief Operating Officer Norman Roth. “The outpatient campus changes the landscape of Bridgeport Hospital and the town of Trumbull.”

The new building will accommodate a Smilow Cancer Care Center, including ambulatory surgery and a full range of support services for patients and their families.

Several services are already located on the campus, including Bridgeport Hospital’s Radiation Oncology Center, diagnostic radiology, a laboratory blood-draw station, a satellite office of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, an antenatal testing center, a Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital pediatric specialty center and affiliated physicians’ offices.

Trumbull-based Gilbane Building Company is the general contractor for the project, which is being financed by TIAA-CREF.

There are a lot of projects in Trumbull I’m proud of but this is the one I’m most proud of,” said Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst. “We’re creating a model for outpatient care in the tri-state area and for others to follow nationally.”

Other speakers at the ceremony included Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and Bridgeport Hospital Chief of Oncology Robert Folman, MD, who has offices in the existing building.

“Every one of our families and their friends will benefit from the cancer care that will be provided here,” Mayor Finch said. “Hats off to Bridgeport Hospital and everything it does every day.”

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital). Its Bridgeport and Milford Campuses serve patients from across the region. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.