Governor M. Jodi Rell submitted testimony to the Legislature’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee in support of her proposal to create a landmark new partnership on March 15. This would reinvigorate the UConn Health Center, bolster the schools of medicine and dentistry at the UConn and reinvent the way health care is delivered throughout CT.
The plan calls for construction of a new, state-of-the-art patient tower and renovation of the UConn Health Center campus in Farmington. The updated teaching hospital will have increased classroom and lab space – training space that will help offset an expected shortage in medical and dental professionals. It will also have a nationally recognized cancer center and specialized institutes and advanced training open to health care professionals across CT.
Projections call for as many as 5,000 new jobs to be created through new UConn Health Network by 2020 and up to 6,800 new jobs by 2030 – not including associated jobs in the private sector.