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State review of Meriden hospital’s expansion plan could take 6 to 8 months

State review of Meriden hospital’s expansion plan could take 6 to 8 months

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MERIDEN — The state Office of Health Strategy has 30 days to decide whether it wants more information on MidState Medical Center’s application to add three new operating rooms. 

The plan, estimated to cost $26 million, calls for renovating the surgical corridor, adding new operating rooms, enlarging existing operating rooms and purchasing equipment.

”Surgeries at MidState continue to rise, so expanding our operating room capacity will help improve access for our patients and avoid delays,”  said Janette Edwards, vice president of operations at MidState Medical Center.

The state approval process is expected to take six to eight months, Edwards said. 

MidState officials said the expansion is necessary to accommodate 64 new surgeons added in recent years. The majority work in the hospital’s Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute, which opened in 2017. There are also increases in heart and other surgeries, and the shortage of operating rooms could cause patient delays, according to MidState’s application. 

The application calls for a restructuring of existing space, according to the filing. It is not part of the hospital’s longterm plan to expand on property now home to two soccer fields.

According to city officials, MidState has expressed interest in using the property for medical practice offices and to expand the orthopaedic center.

MidState, located on Lewis Avenue, owns the soccer fields but the city has a 100-year lease for use by the Meriden Soccer League. Last summer, Hartford HealthCare officials drafted a letter to city leaders raising the possibility of relocating the fields. MidState is part of the Hartford HealthCare network.

The city hired a consultant from BL Companies, who was paid by MidState, to find and rank various sites for fields. The consultant located three possibilities.

“We haven’t decided on any specifically yet,” said City Manager Tim Coon. “We are working through the details.”

During a meeting in December, hospital officials told him they would like the city to act on the fields quickly, but that the expansion could be several years away, Coon said. 

A city committee reviewing possible field sites is expected to meet this month.


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