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December 14, 2023

Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers launches Naugatuck campus

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED Dignitaries cut the ceremonial ribbon at the new Naugatuck Campus of the Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers on Dec. 14, 2023.

The Derby-based Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers formally launched its new Naugatuck Campus Thursday morning, and it will help displaced former Stone Academy students complete their education.

Griffin hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gave tours of the 6,000-square-foot facility at 1186 New Haven Road, Naugatuck.

The Naugatuck Campus is the second location for the expanding school, which has its main campus across the street from Griffin Hospital at 300 Seymour Ave., Derby. 

The new campus features a learning environment specially designed to prepare those entering the healthcare workforce, including simulation technology.

School officials said they anticipate former nursing students from the shuttered Stone Academy will continue their education there. Stone Academy, a private, for-profit nursing school, closed abruptly last February. 

In August, the state Office of Higher Education announced that 138 students - who were displaced by Stone Academy’s closure and closest to completion - would qualify to apply to a teachout program to be administered by Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers.

According to Griffin Hospital, the campus’ first year will be dedicated to former Stone Academy students in this teachout program.

Timothy D. Larson, executive director of the state Office of Higher Education, said, “Connecticut is in dire need of healthcare professionals, particularly LPNs. We are very appreciative of Griffin Hospital’s efforts and willingness to assist Stone Academy students who are committed to completing their training.”

The Naugatuck Campus will be focused on practical nursing training, including the former Stone Academy students. Practical nursing students will receive hands-on clinical training at Griffin Hospital.

Starting in 2025, the Naugatuck Campus will be used for the school’s allied health programs, expanding capacity for training certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, phlebotomists and patient care technicians, as well as for practical nursing. The campus will serve undergraduates through to continuing education students.

“This facility is evidence of Griffin’s commitment to work within the state’s education system and the healthcare provider community to foster highly trained nurses in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of the state’s diverse patient population,” said Patrick Charmel, president and CEO of Griffin Hospital.

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