Officials tout CT medical facility that will be partially doctor-owned: ‘Outcomes are better’

Trinity and Johnson Memorial Hospital officials made their case to convert its surgery center in Enfield to a freestanding outpatient facility partially owned by physicians during a public hearing before the state Office of Health Strategy on Wednesday. A request for a certificate of need through OHS calls for a $17.8 million facility at Johnson Memorial Hospital’s Enfield campus that would establish a joint venture dubbed “Enfield Surgery Center,” and to cease surgeries at the hospital in Stafford. “The current operating rooms are undersized and outdated,” said Deborah Bitsoli, Springfield market president of Trinity Health of New England, adding that some surgical towers don’t fit in the Johnson Memorial operating rooms due to limited space and low ceilings. Therefore, a replacement ambulatory surgery center is being built and placed next to the existing surgery center site at 148 Hazard Ave.

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