State makes $10M investment in Hartford Hospital expansion

The state will provide a $10 million grant to Hartford Hospital to support a major expansion of its Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced following Friday’s State Bond Commission meeting.

The center, which will gain 30,000 square feet in the expansion, is a training facility that allows health care professionals to simulate different types of patient acute crises.

“Hartford Hospital has an important role to play in Connecticut’s resurgence in the bioscience and health services sector,” Malloy said. “This expansion project is about investing in innovation, research and training — all the things we need to do as a state to stay competitive.”

The governor and the General Assembly agreed in October 2011 to invest $291 million in a new genetics research institution in Farmington run by The Jackson Laboratory, a world-renowned bioscience research enterprise based in Maine.

Malloy and the legislature also approved an $860 million bioscience initiative last year to  modernize the University of Connecticut Health Center and improve its research facilities and staff.

The governor added that while the Hartford Hospital project “will certainly create good paying jobs with good benefits, this state-of-the-art training facility is really about creating a Hartford Hospital that draws the world’s top doctors and other health care professionals to our capital city for years to come.”