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Residents in Connecticut Town Concerned about New Hospital

August 22, 2013

centralAs the Hospital of Central Connecticut finishes its new 15,000-square-foot medical office and primary care center that it says will improve service for its patients from outside of New Britain is getting a mixed reception from some local residents and officials, The Hartford Courant reported..

“I can only come to the conclusion that they’re trying to put Bristol Hospital out of business,” state Rep. Whit Betts, R-Bristol, told the newspaper. “This is a very provocative and aggressive move by the Hospital of Central Connecticut.”

Some Bristol Hospital board members see the move as a competitor moving in to take market share. But Claudio Capone, director of strategic business planning for the New Britain, Conn.-based Hospital of Central Connecticut, said the new facility’s location was selected for patient service only, not competition.

“It has nothing to do with that. This is for existing patients from Plainville, Bristol and Southington,” Capone said. “There’s a direct correlation to what our patients need.”

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is relocating the Plainville, Conn., offices of four physicians to a former school. That area has become a commercial hub since the new Route 72 was completed, with CVS and Thomaston Savings Bank building large outlets nearby.

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