St. Vincent’s One-Year Anniversary
Happy One-Year Anniversary, St. Vincent’s Medical Center
By Anne Rondepierre-Riczu
Founded in 1903 by the Daughters of Charity, St. Vincent’s Medical Center (SVMC) has been a beacon of hope and health throughout Fairfield County. In acquiring SVMC, which became its second largest hospital, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) brightened that beacon, seizing the opportunity to extend vital services and access into the southern portion of the state, since dubbed its Fairfield Region.
SVMC officially became part of HHC on October 1, 2019. The day was marked with employee celebrations, media coverage and an official signing ceremony at which system leaders were given a book filled with the signatures of SVMC employees who pledged to keep the founders’ flame alive.
Look at us now
Just one year later, the number of providers in the Fairfield Region has grown by 170. HHC and SVMC significantly expanded the coverage area geographically, opening medical office buildings in Westport and Stamford, and developing plans for Milford and Wilton. “Our true north direction is making St. Vincent’s a destination center and providing new access points within our communities,” said Fairfield Region President Vince DiBattista, who took the helm at SVMC. “By offering personalized, coordinated care, we are helping people live their healthiest lives.” The system recruited renowned physicians to build programs in the Fairfield Region that are integrated into its Institute model and represent the Cancer, Ayer Neuroscience, Connecticut Orthopaedic, Tallwood Urology & Kidney, and Heart & Vascular institutes and the Behavioral Health Network. This first year has been full of transition for SVMC colleagues and full of challenges for all of us. The onset of COVID-19 put plans and people to the test, but we can remember 2020, the first HHC year for SVMC, as one marked by perseverance, dedication and success.
Look to a bright future
“We have reshaped how we deliver care,” DiBattista said. “We have implemented extra precautions to protect patients and employees from COVID-19 and recalibrated business plans to bring our focus back to growth initiatives for the future of the Fairfield Region.”
Photos by Rusty Kimball: On October 1, 2019, Hartford HealthCare President and CEO Jeffrey A. Flaks signed his pledge to keep alive the flame, pictured at left and given to St. Vincent’s by hospital founders, the Daughters of Charity upon their departure in 2014.
Happy anniversary, Fairfield Region. Here’s to many more years of innovation and growth with Hartford HealthCare!
Employees were greeted with free coffee, treats and HHC/SVMC swag.
Latesha Paulk (left) and Elesia Thompson-Pusey are employee/visitor screeners in St. Vincent’s Main Lobby.
Fairfield Region President Vince DiBattista (left) gives HHC President and CEO Jeff Flaks a sneak preview of the new COI Galleria now under construction on Level 3 of the Medical Center.
(From left) Fairfield Region President Vincent DiBattista, HHC President & CEO, Jeffrey Flaks, Pastor Mary Green, Bishop Jean Williams Food Pantry and SVMC Mission VP Bill Hoey during the check presentation to the Bishop Jean Williams Food Pantry in Bridgeport.
More access and expertise for our community
St. Vincent’s became part of Hartford HealthCare In just 12 months, look what we’ve built together in the Fairfield Region!
- 170 new primary care and specialty providers, including PACT and Soundview
- Robust recruitment and program development for Hartford HealthCare Institutes: Cancer, Ayer Neuroscience, Heart & Vascular, Behavioral Health, Tallwood Urology & Kidney, and Connecticut Orthopaedic — as well as Community Network, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group (Primary Care, Specialty Care)
- Even more advanced procedures, including mitral valve repair surgery
- Partnership with Advanced Radiology improves coordination for imaging services
- Added robotic technology including Globus for precise spine surgery and Mako for joint replacement
- Pandemic response; more than 400 COVID-19 patients returned home
- Enhanced scores in public reporting of quality metrics, including improved performance
- Four new medical office buildings
1. 2660 Main St., Bridgeport
2. 623 Newfield Ave., Stamford
3. Spine Wellness Center,
300 Post Rd. W., Westport
4. 205 Subway Dr., Milford
- Cardiology practices launch Epic
electronic medical record.
Next: December launch for St. Vincent’s
Medical Center and ambulatory practices
- New Center for Healthy Aging location
at St. Vincent’s Medical Center
- Opening of Transplant Clinic to care for
patients before and after surgery
- Mission-oriented outreach to the underserved, including COVID-19 tests, Mobile Food Pantry and Farmers’ Market
- Capital investments to expand operating rooms and modernize patient areas
- Increased awareness of programs and services through enhanced news coverage, marketing and media
- American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines awards for heart failure and stroke care excellence