SOUTHINGTON – Months after hospital group officials suggested tearing down the Bradley campus of the Hospital of Central Connecticut, town and community leaders don’t know what will happen to the Meriden Avenue facility.
Hartford HealthCare owns the hospital. In July, Hospital of Central Connecticut President Gary Havican said razing the century-old building and replacing it with a health care campus was under consideration.
He spoke to the Town Council in August, saying that the current health care model of the Bradley Memorial Campus isn’t sustainable. Havican said at that meeting that hospital group officials would have a recommendation about the facility by the end of that month.
On Wednesday, Hartford HealthCare spokesman Shawn Mawhiney said planning was still taking place.
“We are working diligently to create a plan that will best serve our patients and the community, a plan that includes feedback we have received from town officials and the community,” he said. “This is a complex process and we want to ensure what we present is specific and comprehensive, allowing us to provide high quality, convenient care to the Southington region well into the future.”
Bonnie Sica, a founder of the Community Committee to Save Bradley, last met with Hartford Healthcare officials on Oct. 4 to present a proposal to revitalize Bradley. A meeting scheduled for Oct. 9 – when hospital officials had planned to lay out their plans – was canceled, according to Sica.
“Since then, they said that their planning team is still planning,” she said.
She hopes that the hospital is considering her recommendation to knock down the physician’s building portion of the hospital and replace it with a state-of-the-art emergency room. If Hartford HealthCare puts its full support and markets the hospital, such a change could be a great success, she said.
“This can work,” Sica said.
Town and hospital officials have been in discussions for years about the future of the Bradley campus. Public pressure changed Hartford HealthCare’s plans to move the emergency room from Meriden Avenue to Queen Street, where the company built a medical building.
This summer, the Town Council passed a resolution in support of maintaining Bradley hospital at its current location.
Town Manager Mark Sciota said he also hasn’t heard anything from Hartford HealthCare since the summer meeting.