SOUTHINGTON - The Hospital for Special Care welcomed new board members, highlighted achievements and announced a $13 million project during its annual meeting Wednesday at the Aqua Turf Club.
Lynn Ricci, president and CEO of the Hospital for Special Care Inc., recognized that the need for care for children who suffer from autism spectrum disorder continues to rise, which is why the hospital is continuing to make efforts to meet those needs.
“We opened our outpatient services in 2012,” Ricci said. “Those services expanded rapidly and led to the opening of our inpatient program, the only one of its kind in the state in 2015. We have now served children from nearly every town in Connecticut as well as those from over a half a dozen other states.”
The growing numbers are the reason why the hospital has decided to construct a new building at the New Britain’s hospital campus to expand care for children impacted by autism spectrum disorder.
“I’m so pleased to share that this fall we will break ground on a new building which will feature an expanded inpatient unit, with 12 single-private rooms and the first of its kind Partial Hospital Program in the state of Connecticut serving 10 children every day,” Ricci said.
Hospital for Special Care will also expand its emergency room diversion and consultative services and establish an applied behavior analysis program to further address the gaps in the system, Ricci said.
A standing ovation during the meeting was given to Ed LaRose, a guest speaker who told attendees about his son suffering from autism and cancer. The hospital helped his son’s hardships be a little less difficult for him and his family, LaRose said.
David Kelly, chairman of Hospital for Special Care’s board, said he recently participated in a risk assessment that helped him realize that he still believes “that there’s no better place in health care than to be at Hospital for Special Care.”
Kelly highlighted some of the achievements of the hospital including partner relationships and investments.
“All that has resulted in the highest number of patients being served this year at Hospital for Special Care and also the highest number of employees,” Kelly said.
Diane Chase, chairman of Hospital for Special Care, highlighted clinical, administrative and individual excellence at the hospital.
“I’ve always been impressed at the hospital’s organization-wide commitment to excellence,” Chase said. “In fact it’s something that over the years those who know the hospital well almost have come to take for granted.”
She reminded attendees what that commitment really means to the organization and how it is often recognized by the industry regulators.
“The joint commission in an ever more rigorous review process reaccredited the hospital last year, citing our patient safety practices and policies among the best in the country,” Chase said.
To learn more about Hospital for Special Care, visit hfsc.org.
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