HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hartford HealthCare unveiled its all-new $150-million Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital, culminating years of planning and construction. The facility is New England's only orthopedic specialty hospital, and will offer an immense range of surgical procedures, new technologies and amenities in one location.
Tuesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony — with its theme, "The Innovation of Motion" — highlighted the future of orthopedic care, which officially begins when the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital opens on Dec. 19. The institute was designed with patients' diverse needs in mind — from those who need emergency or complex orthopedic surgeries that can't be performed elsewhere, to Baby Boomers seeking quality of life, seasoned athletes looking for an added advantage and weekend warriors wanting relief from nagging injuries. It coordinates all aspects of musculoskeletal care, from prevention to surgery, recovery and beyond. Two parts that work togetherThe facility, with orthopedic design themes inside and out, has two distinct parts. The 130,000-square-foot hospital features an inpatient building with 48 private inpatients rooms, with capacity to expand to 60; eight operating rooms; outpatient rehabilitation and wellness areas; easy access to diagnostic and other services. Connected via a skywalk is a 75,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center and medical facility with three outpatient surgery rooms; offices for orthopedics, rheumatology and musculoskeletal specialty care; and an auditorium for conferences that can double as a classroom with live surgical procedures and learning opportunities for staff. The center has been designed to include unique spaces for physical rehabilitation, training and education; a motion lab, a healthy eating demonstration kitchen and meeting space to accommodate a wide range of support groups and community education offerings aimed at helping keep people healthy before, during and after surgery.