Stamford Hospital is building a new ground-breaking facility.
Tuesday, the hospital celebrated the start to its largest expansion project ever.
"Our vision of being able to provide first-class medical care in a 21st century facility with state-of-the-art technology in a Planetree designated healing environment is finally coming to fruition," said Brian Grissler, Stamford Hospital president and CEO.
The $450 million project's focus - the hospital's patients.
"The new hospital is going to be all private rooms which is really going to be centered around the care for the patient," said Ellen Komar, the hospital's Chief Nursing Officer.
And hundreds of Stamford Hospital's nurses -- some of the people who understand patient care the best -- had an instrumental role in designing this new part of the hospital.
"From the room design to where everything's placed in the room, because as caregivers, they know best how to take care of their patients," said Komar.
The hospital will also feature an emergency department with separate treatment areas, larger surgical suites, a new pediatric unit, and central location for all heart and vascular services.
"Breaking ground for the new Stamford Hospital is going to be a record-setting event," said Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia.
Komar says patient rooms will be 3 times the size they are now, with a place for family members to stay.
"Right now, we're in semi-private rooms. We're in very small cramped quarters and the nurses are used to being in very small spaces. It's going to be a completely different environment for them to practice in," said Komar.
The new hospital will be constructed in a single-phase, and is set to be completed by 2016.