Late this month, Norwalk Hospital’s Anne P. and Harold McGraw, Jr. Center will open in phases, bringing four new, clinically based areas to the existing structure of the hospital.
“The hospital is very excited about this opportunity,” says Jim Haynes, Vice President of Operations at the hospital. “It’s the next milestone.”
The pavilion is named in honor of the McGraw family, in recognition of a $10 million gift from the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation. Sue, Terry and Bob McGraw made the gift as part of their commitment to Norwalk Hospital, and to continue their late parents’ belief in ensuring the entire community has high-quality medical care, regardless of the ability to pay.
The two other main endowments came from George and Carol Bauer of Wilton, with a $2.5 million gift for the new and expanded Bauer Center for Emergency Care, and from the Whittingham family of Stamford, with a $2.5 million gift for the new C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center.
“The pavilion,” Haynes says, “named for the McGraw family, represents a transformational opportunity to take advantage of offering better ambulatory care.”
Some of its four areas are expansions upon existing hospital facilities; others are consolidations into the new pavilion entirely.
Each represents a step into the future:
• Emergency Department: A double trauma room, rooftop helipad and pediatric and mental health areas
• Cancer Center: More spacious, serene treatment areas, a healing garden and services consolidated in a single area
• Ambulatory Surgery Department: Expanded patient intake, recovery and family waiting areas
• Digestive Diseases Center: Larger screening and treatment rooms to improve patient experience and accommodate new technology
“The Emergency Department will have construction in the new space as well as an expansion from the old space,” Haynes notes. “So, it will have nearly twice the space … and patients will have all private rooms.”
Ambulatory/Outpatient Surgery, too, will be a combination of new and renovated space. The Comprehensive Cancer Center, however, will now be entirely in the new pavilion.
“As the current services are in some of our oldest buildings,” Haynes continues, “by doing this we can upgrade to the most state-of-the art technology.”
This area is set to open this fall. In late-February or early March, the Digestive Disease Unit—on the fifth floor of new pavilion—will open, a consolidation into a single unit, with an update in technology.
“To have those donors meant we were able to consider and do this,” Haynes continues. “Without them, it would be difficult to get out of the gate. Doing so allowed us to get equipment. …And it is some of the most technologically advanced equipment there is. It’s a great opportunity for the community: Our goal is to create convenience for our patients, and comfort, and to provide enhanced patient privacy. This allows us to continues to grow and meet the community’s needs.”