Yale-New Haven Hospital’s planned North Haven Medical Center took a step forward this week as the general contractor arrived on site to prepare for the remodeling of what is termed the old AT&T building—formerly, the Crossroads office building—at 6 Devine St. in the northern section of town.
According to Rob Hutchinson, a hospital spokesperson, renovations are expected to begin shortly.
“The jobs that come in will have a wonderful effect on small businesses here,” said First Selectman Michael Freda, who put banks, pharmacies and restaurants in that category.
He said the multiplier effect from the facility’s employees would have “a nice, positive effect” on businesses in North Haven broadly.
The hospital purchased the roughly 120,000 sq. ft. building in 2012. There, it plans to locate about 250 information technology jobs—largely, transfers from multiple sites in New Haven—on its third and fourth floors by July.
The medical center, which is scheduled to open fully by January of 2013, will also feature an urgent care facility to treat patients who require immediate, although not emergency, care operated by a medical group affiliated with the Yale New Haven Health System. An MRI and imaging services and also a satellite of the Smilow Cancer Hospital offering chemotherapy treatments will also become available on the site.
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“It’s just a wonderful location to increase access to key services for the residents of North Haven as well as Hamden, Cheshire and the other surrounding communities,” Hutchinson said.
The hospital withdrew its initial plan to use the site for a full-service emergency facility after it learned that the state Office of Health Care Access might not accept it.
Also planned for the State and Devine neighborhood where the medical center will open, according to Freda, is a 17,000 sq. ft. medical center for cardiologists that is expected to open in October.
Renovations on the complex where Quinnipiac University will operate its medical school on the university’s North Haven campus are also underway. According to a university spokesman, the medical school expects to greet its first class in the fall of 2013. After Yale University and the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac's medical school will become the third in the state.
The Gaylord Wellness Center—now, somewhat of a fixture in town—abuts the Yale-New Haven property at 8 Devine St.