Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Officially Opens the Doors of UTC Family Resource Center

Oct 29, 2015
CT Childrens UTC Family Resource CenterCaption: Martin Gavin, center at left, President & CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center,  and Gregory Hayes, center right, United Technologies Corporation (UTC)  President & CEO, cut the ribbon on the UTC Family Resource Center at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Photo credit: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

HARTFORD, Conn. – On Thursday, Oct. 22, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center officially opened the doors of the United Technologies Family Resource Center, made possible by a generous $1.5 million donation from United Technologies Corporation.

The 2,000 square foot facility be a valuable resource for patient families and boasts a simulation room to help train parents to administer treatments for their child, an interactive learning center with a table-sized touch screen surface and 6 computer stations for parents and children to access the Internet to gather information or research medical conditions.

The Center is also home to a library, movie room and information center. Designed with children in mind, the UTC Family Resource Center’s bright colors and modern architecture, exudes a fresh look and feel that will appeal to both children and adults of all ages.

“Coming in for medical care can be an isolating experience for families,” said Martin Gavin, President & CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. “As our clinical services have expanded to care for children who require more complex care, the need for this resource has increased. United Technologies’ partnership with us has allowed for the creation of this exceptional space for all of Connecticut Children’s patient families, and for that we are extremely grateful.” 

“The UTC Family Resource Center is an investment in the Connecticut Children’s team and their commitment to new and better treatments resulting in world-class care for children and their families,” said Gregory Hayes, UTC President & CEO.

It’s one of the only Centers of its kind that provides valuable resources to both the patients and parents in the same space. The Center will be staffed by a Medical Resource Librarian, an Educational Specialist and highly trained volunteers, who will guide families through dedicated resources and support offerings. Training and educational courses will also be available to parents looking to learn more about their child’s healthcare needs.  In addition to the latest technology and simulation training equipment, the UTC Family Resource Center will be accessible 24 hours a day and will be completely free of charge to all families.  

About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children's Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children's hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation for its pediatric specialties in the annual U.S. News & World Report "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings, Connecticut Children's is the only free-standing children's hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Our pediatric services are available at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford and at Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center, five specialty care centers and 11 other locations across the state. Connecticut Children's has a medical staff of nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties.

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