SOUTHINGTON — Hartford HealthCare officials said they are still weighing options for Bradley Hospital while town leaders are urging them to have the emergency room remain at the Meriden Avenue site.
Plans under consideration could include razing the century-old building and replacing it with a new health care campus, according to Gary Havican, president of Hospital of Central Connecticut, which is part of Hartford HeathCare. HHC officials also offered to give the land to the town and close the campus.
Town Council Chairman Chris Palmieri said the idea of moving the emergency room to an HHC facility on Queen Street has also come up again. He’s opposed to moving the emergency room from the Bradley campus.
Palmieri asked Hartford HealthCare for cost estimates to renovate the aging hospital or build a new facility and raze the existing building. He’s waiting on a response to those requests.
In a statement Thursday, Havican said no decisions have been made about the Bradley Campus of the Hospital of Central Connecticut. The other campus is in New Britain.
“Hartford HealthCare is focused on continuing to bring world-class healthcare to the people of Southington,” he wrote. “As the town’s major employer and key service provider, we are in discussions with town leaders to make the right decisions for the community.”
Palmieri questioned why the hospital advisory committee, which includes doctors, town leaders and residents, wasn’t reconvened recently. The group was started following community opposition to a previous proposal to move Bradley’s emergency room to Queen Street.
Bonnie Sica, a founder of the Community Committee to Save Bradley, said Queen Street’s traffic makes it unsafe for an emergency room.
“We don’t want it on Queen Street. It’s the wrong place,” Sica said.
She and about 20 residents held a rally last weekend to preserve Bradley Hospital.
Victoria Triano, a Town Council member, said there’s been little communication from Hartford HealthCare, but she’s seen surveyors on the Meriden Avenue property.
“I think they’ve made up their own plan,” Triano said. “It seems that way.”
Palmieri said Hartford HealthCare officials wanted to meet with councilors in executive session at the upcoming meeting. He hoped to get an answer to his questions on renovation costs before the meeting scheduled for later this month.
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