Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Connecticut Children's Medical Center is an independent, free-standing children's hospital located in the capital city of Hartford, CT. Since April 1996, it has been the academic home for the Department of Pediatrics and the principal training site for the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program and medical student pediatric education. The pediatric departmental offices, including the Office of Medical Education, are located in the facility. Connecticut Children’s provides care in 20 locations across Connecticut and Massachusetts, including our hospitals in Hartford and Waterbury, neonatal intensive cares units in Hartford and Farmington, a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center in Farmington, five specialty care centers in Danbury, Hartford, Farmington, Glastonbury and Shelton, and several practices conveniently located throughout the state.

The medical center has an active pediatric attending staff and community faculty of more than 400 physicians, which includes over 160 dedicated and talented faculty teachers involved in the Residency Program. Their patients are admitted to both inpatient and ambulatory units when necessary. All patients become part of the teaching service, and residents benefit by participating in the care for these patients and achieve insight into the perspectives of community-based primary care pediatricians.

The medical center is an eight-level, 315,500 square-foot complex with 85 medical and surgical beds, seven operating rooms, plus endoscopy suite and cardiac cath lab, and 18 pediatric intensive care beds. CT Children’s Medical Center owns and operates 32 Level 4 neonatal intensive care beds located in adjacent Hartford Hospital, a Level 3 NICU at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington and 12 med-surg beds at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

The 97-bed inpatient service at Connecticut Children’s admits over 7,000 patients each year. It is a general medical and surgical service, capable of supporting step-down level acuity with flexible nurse to patient ratios and sophisticated cardio-respiratory monitoring. The 85-inpatient beds at the Hartford campus are located on floors 6, 7, and 8 and are supported by a broad range of pediatric subspecialties as well as by services such as Child Life and the Family Support Program. All of the inpatient units at the Hartford campus are staffed 24/7 by residents and advanced practitioners with indirect supervision by attending faculty as well as nurses specially trained in pediatric care. Care is provided for a full range of medical conditions including general medical problems, general surgery and sub-specialty surgery, specialized hematology/oncology care, asthma, diabetes and more. Our new 12 bed satellite unit, Connecticut Children’s – Waterbury, located on Sacred Heart 4 within St. Mary’s Hospital, opened January, 2009. It is staffed by physicians, PAs and nurses from our own Inpatient Management Team.

The 18-bed PICU cares for over 600 children annually. Thirty percent of these critically ill children will be transported from other sites, many by the Hartford Hospital-based LIFE STAR helicopter. The PICU serves both as the regional center for critically ill children and our regional Pediatric Trauma Center. There is also an active ECMO program.

The Medical Center's 32 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, located at Hartford Hospital, admits 600 infants yearly. Many of these neonates are among the 5,000 babies born at Hartford Hospital each year and a large number of them are socially and medically at high risk. Residents, along with attending neonatologists, neonatal fellows, and neonatal nurse practitioners, participate in the neonatal resuscitation team that cares for babies in the Hartford Hospital delivery room. The associated well-baby nursery provides the site for training of residents in the care of the well newborn, including both high-risk and routine care.

Almost 10,000 surgeries were performed at the Medical Center this past year. Cardiac surgeries are performed by Boston Children’s Medical Center cardiothoracic surgeons who work collaboratively with our cardiologists to provide the highest level or cardiothoracic care locally. We have a growing division of 3 neurosurgeons and orthopedics division ranked in the top 30 and the urology division in the top 50 of Children’s Hospitals in U.S. News. We also have a new, 18,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Surgery Center in Farmington where our surgeons perform more than 10,000 surgical procedures. The facility also houses our Sleep and Neurodiagnostic Center.

Ambulatory care at Connecticut Children's Medical Center includes a primary care practice, a regional dedicated pediatric emergency center and a full range of subspecialty practices. The ambulatory service is the largest between Boston and New York, with over 15,000 patients and 200,000 visits annually. The general pediatric practice which has nearly 35,000 primary care visits annually, provides one of the settings for an innovative and integrated curriculum in ambulatory pediatrics. Residents will participate fully in these settings with increasing autonomy and full supervision by the readily accessible faculty in these areas. Scheduled and acute care experience includes longitudinal experiences in behavior and development, community activities, and subspecialty care, in addition to general ambulatory pediatrics.

The 25 bed pediatric emergency medicine department sees over 50,000 patient visits per year. The Medical Center is one of a few free-standing children’s hospitals with a Level 1 pediatric trauma center designation. Residents are supervised by a full-time staff of Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty 24 hours a day. Other members of the team include mid-level practitioners and nursing staff. This team also participates in the care of pediatric trauma patients. General pediatricians and advanced practitioners staff an adjoining express unit.

The subspecialty services at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center are the regional tertiary resources for northern Connecticut and beyond. Our referral area has a population of approximately 1.2 million people. Connecticut Children's Medical Center serves as home to many of the academic divisions providing these services and the associated teaching and research. The full spectrum of more than 30 pediatric subspecialties includes cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, hematology/oncology, pulmonology, neurology, infectious disease, endocrinology, rheumatology, rehabilitation, child psychiatry, human genetics, child abuse, radiology, orthopedics, surgery and surgical subspecialties.

The CT Children’s Medical Center Clinical Care Cancer Center opened in January 2012.  Please go here for additional information regarding the Cancer Center.

Connecticut Children's Medical Center is home to important regional programs including the Connecticut Childhood Injury Prevention Center; the Children's Cancer Center; the Chronic Infant Lung Disease Program; the Juvenile Diabetes Center; the Clinical Genetics Program; the Lead Action for Medicaid Primary Prevention Program; and the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Program.

To learn more about Connecticut Children's Medical Center, you can refer to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center Annual Report or go here to go directly to the CT Children's Medical Center website. 

University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program, Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

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