Construction of the new Stamford Hospital is underway. But the 450 million-dollar-project's focus is not just the structure.
"It's really the fulfillment of a dream, a journey that we've been on to build a state of the art facility for this community," said Kathleen Silard, RN, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at Stamford Hospital.
Chris Riendeau says they're building care for a community that has diverse needs.
"Age is a huge piece of this. We have a young population that is moving in, so we have to dedicate resources to pediatric development as well as geriatric care," said Chris Riendeau, Senior Vice President of Fund Development at Stamford Hospital.
He says the first five stories will be dedicated to what's called comprehensive care. That includes a brand new emergency department with three separate areas: behavioral health, adult care, and pediatric care.
"Having that pediatric's area I think is really important," said Riendeau, "It's going to be an important differentiator for us. We'll be the only hospital with that."
Silard says there, they'll be able to see infinitely more patients.
"Our current E.D. (emergency department) was built for 25,000 visits a year and we see over 50,000. But in the new E.D. we will be able to go up to 80, 100,000 visits a year," said Silard.
The top five floors of the hospital are going to be dedicated to private rooms for patients and their families.
"With 36 rooms per floor," said Riendeau. "All private rooms. Some suites for a family that requires more space."
"We'll be able to bring all of the technology and all of the nursing and clinical and medical care to the patient," said Silard, "So that other than the I.C.U, we should not have to move patients."
"Which really is very satisfying in terms of the overall health and well-being of the patient and how they heal."
Silard says brand new operating rooms will be bigger and better, accommodating more advanced technology. The new hospital will also house a heart and vascular institute.
"We're the only full-service heart hospital in lower Fairfield County," said Silard, "And we will have one heart and vascular institute in one physical location where patients can get non-invasive testing, prevention, and wellness services. As well as interventional cardiology."
And what powers the hospital will be energy efficient.
"The new building is going to employ technologies such as LED lighting," said Michael Smeriglio, Executive Director, Facilities Management at Stamford Hospital.
The construction you see here, continuing with an important mission.
"It's all about the patient," said Riendeau. "This is creating a much better healing experience for our patients."
The new hospital is scheduled to open in 2016.