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June 21, 2024

Hospital of Central CT seeks to relocate oncology service

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The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) has asked the state for permission to relocate its medical oncology services in Southington.

The hospital, which is part of the Hartford HealthCare system, filed an application on June 18 asking the state Office of Health Strategy to determine whether a Certificate of Need is required to relocate its medical oncology service on the Bradley Memorial Hospital campus in Southington from 55 Meriden Ave. to 81 Meriden Ave.

Bradley Memorial Hospital is also part of the Hartford HealthCare system.

According to the application, the medical oncology practice, which diagnoses and treats cancer, is located in a medical office building on the Bradley Hospital campus that is physically attached to the main hospital building.

“The proposed new location will provide room for expansion needed to accommodate a growing patient population and is located proximate to infusion services,” the application states.

It adds that the benefits of the new location include “convenient parking with a separate entrance, check in/check-out, waiting room, and administrative space all located on the same floor of the hospital and conveniently located for patients.”

Moving the oncology services to the same location as infusion services will be more convenient for patients and improve the quality of their care, the application states.

The application states that the medical oncology practice served 2,996 patients from more than 22 towns in fiscal 2023, and that a combined 76% of the patients were insured by Medicare or Medicaid.

HOCC said it does not anticipate any change in the patient population served or the payer mix as a result of the proposed move, and that no interruption in service is anticipated, so it believes a CON should not be required. 

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