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Greenwich Hospital’s Fifteen-Year Transformation



Bob Capazzo

A beautiful October afternoon marked the dedication ceremonies of the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Community Garden at Greenwich Hospital. The two-and-a-half-acre park area, accessible from both the hospital and Lake Avenue, is a fitting capstone to a remarkable fifteen-year construction program that began in January 1991with the employee parking garage on Lake Avenue and ended with the dedication of the Olive and Thomas J. Watson Jr. Pavilion in October 2005 and the razing of the South Wing last May that allowed room for the new garden.

In this relatively short span of time, every one of the hospital’s aged, outmoded and inefficient buildings was replaced by modern, well-planned structures that have allowed Greenwich Hospital to take its place at the forefront of community hospitals throughout the country. At a cost of $220 million, it was a gargantuan effort for a town of our size, and it would not have been possible without the many contributions, large and small, from members of our community amounting to $138 million, with the balance funded by low-interest loans. It had been the consensus of the hospital’s board of trustees, along with President Frank Corvino, that unless the entire complex was drastically upgraded, the hospital would not survive in the technologically challenging and increasingly competitive world of healthcare. The accuracy of their foresight was later confirmed when both United and St. Agnes hospitals in Westchester were forced to close.

As beautiful and impressive as the hospital’s new buildings are, they are still but bricks and mortar that allow miracles to take place within. Nearly every medical department boasts the latest diagnostic equipment and procedures. The capabilities of the hospital’s medical staff and the technological advances in equipment have grown dramatically just in the past year:

n The hospital gained approval for emergency angioplasty,  a procedure that can save lives and prevent the incapacity of  victims of stroke, the third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent long-term disability. Greenwich Hospital has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center, one of only three other hospitals in the state so designated.

n Greenwich Hospital was the first in Fairfield County to offer VCT scans, which provide much clearer three-dimensional images and allow physicians a more detailed look at body tissues.

n Verging on the realm of science fiction is the da Vinci Surgical System whereby surgeons utilizing robotic technology create enhanced views of the surgical site and perform delicate operations with greater precision and minimal invasion. Greenwich Hospital was one of the first in this area to make it available.

Since 1998, when the survival of the hospital was questionable, its clientele has grown significantly. There are now over 12,000 inpatient admissions, with 40 percent of the patients coming from Westchester County, due in part to the closing of United Hospital. Outpatient admissions and ambulatory procedures have also increased dramatically. To meet this demand, the medical staff has grown to 495, including forty-five who joined just in the past year. In the meantime, revenue has more than doubled. Greenwich Hospital has become big business, and its 1,843 employees make it the town’s largest employer.

Yet both physical reconstruction and growth have been managed without diminution of service quality. Over the past six years, Greenwich has been ranked in the top 2 percent of hospitals nationally for patient satisfaction by the Press Ganey rating service. Some who have recuperated there have described the food and accommodations almost akin to the Waldorf. Recently, the American Geriatrics Society Foundation bestowed its Health in Geriatrics Award for the hospital’s various programs that address problems associated with aging. At the other end of the age scale, the hospital has expanded its maternity facilities and converted most doubles to single-occupancy rooms. Greenwich Hospital, always a popular birth address, has become even more so, with a 50 percent increase in births here.

We have much to be proud of in our town hospital and owe a vote of appreciation to all those who had the foresight and contributed time and money to ensure that Greenwich would retain a sustainable first-rate medical facility.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Bach With Verse

    2014.09.10
     @ First Presbyterian Church Greenwich

    BAch With Verse concert event on Sun., Sept. 14 at 4pm with recception to follow at the First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich. Hour-long concet...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

    Our Annual Information Fair - This event showcases non profits , community businesses, schools and  services in the Greenwich...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...


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