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Opening of Autism Unit Celebrated

(l-r) Jennifer Farley, VP, quality, patient safety officer, Hospital for Special Care; Dr. Sabbooh Mubbashar, medical director, autism inpatient unit; Denise Anderson, VP, chief nursing officer, Hospital for Special Care; Lynn Ricci, president/CEO, Hospital for Special Care; Dr. Hassan Minhas, medical director of outpatient services at the autism center; Jeff Lawton, VP, facilities and hospitality services, Hospital for Special Care; and Wendy D'Angelo, VP, development and communications, Hospital for Special Care

New Britain, CT – On Oct. 1, Downes Construction Company, along with the Hospital for Special Care (HFSC), City of New Britain officials, and members of the community, celebrated the grand opening of the new $13 million inpatient and partial hospital facility at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain.

Downes Construction Company served as the construction manager at risk on the new 18,000sf project.

The new state-of-the-art facility is one of only 11 in the country and will provide superior service to families and children with autism. The 12-bed inpatient unit will provide single-patient rooms in a care environment designed by HFSC’s clinical staff to meet children’s needs and maximize opportunities for parent education and training, a key component to success in the community.

The new partial hospital program will offer the first step-up and step-down level of care, an entirely new option in care to help bridge difficult transitions, divert inpatient stays and maximize continuity in care. In addition to meeting urgent community need for access to autism care, this project has been a regional economic driver throughout the pandemic and creates new employment opportunities.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Downes team delivered this project weeks ahead of schedule and under budget.


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