|Location||1 Hospital Plaza, Stamford, Connecticut, United States|
|Type||Community & Teaching|
|Emergency department||Level II Trauma Center|
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Stamford Hospital, residing on the Bennett Medical Center campus, is a 305-bed, not-for-profit hospital and the central facility for Stamford Health. The hospital is regional healthcare facility for Fairfield and Westchester counties, and is the only hospital in the city of Stamford, Connecticut.
Stamford Hospital is the largest teaching affiliate of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons outside of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (NYP/CUIMC). The faculty at Stamford hospital have academic appointments from the university, as well as Columbia-affiliated physician residency training programs. Columbia medical students rotate through several departments at Stamford Hospital, including Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.
As of 2005, Stamford Hospital had a total of 2,254 employees, making it one of the city's largest employers. A large segment are represented by the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, affiliated with the Service Employees International Union.
Founding and early history
Stamford Hospital was founded by Judge John Clason. Clason was also a farmer and served as a state legislator, town assessor and school board member. After consultation with Edwin L. Scofield, the second mayor of Stamford, regarding possible philanthropies, Clason sold some of his land for $45,000 to get the initial funding for the hospital. In giving the money, Clason's required that the new institution be named Stamford Hospital, be nonsectarian and not discriminate in receiving patients. The hospital opened with 30 beds on May 7, 1896 in a mansion on East Main Street.
Edgar L. Geibel, chief administrator of the hospital from 1954 to 1977, oversaw growth of the hospital, specifically from 1966 to 1969, with the construction of the hospital's white pavilion wing designed by Perkins & Will.
In early 2006, the hospital actively considered moving to a new, undetermined site and construct a new hospital in order to enlarge hospital rooms (which were approximately half the size of those of more modern hospitals), as well as expand and modernize clinical departments (particularly the emergency department, critical care units and cardiac labs). However, this proposal was scrapped in favor of building a large expansion. The expansion of the hospital, dubbed "New Stamford Hospital" resulted in a large 11 story glass structure, becoming the dominant portion of the hospital. This expansion was completed late 2016 and cost approximately 575 Million dollars. The Perkins & Will white pavilion building is largely vacant, with its future plans to be determined.
Stamford Health as an organization has expanded significantly since 2010, now with a large affiliated medical staff, Stamford Health Medical Group. In that same time, Stamford Health has opened numerous small outpatient clinical, laboratory and imaging facilities spanning throughout Fairfield County and southwestern Connecticut.
Stamford Health's Bennett Medical Center is located in Stamford, Connecticut, adjacent to downtown. The campus contains the main hospital as well as additional outpatient facilities. The hospital structure is composed of various wings, including the new 11 story glass tower as well as the original Perkins & Will and Whittingham pavilions. Adjoined to the main structure is the outpatient Bennett Cancer Center as well as a standalone Medical Office Building (M.O.B.). The Tandet Center, previously a nursing home, is currently used for administrative purposes, including housing the affiliated Sacred Heart University Physician Assistant training program.
Bennett Cancer Center
Part of the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Care Collaborative of Harvard, the Bennett Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care services within Stamford Health. The staff includes the full array of cancer care physicians, including Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Interventional Radiology/Oncology as well as ancillary specialists such as Geneticists. The facility participates in multiple ongoing scientific studies for researching advanced therapies for cancer. In early 2007 the hospital started a "Familial Colorectal Cancer Registry" for individuals and families with a history of colorectal or associated cancers, the first of its kind in Connecticut. It was named for longtime benefactors Carl and Dorothy Bennett.
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)
In 2018, Stamford Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery opened a collaborative nursing unit and operating rooms within the main hospital, staffed by HSS orthopedic and sports medicine physicians. Additionally, HSS and Stamford Health staff collaborate at Stamford's Chelsea Piers facility, primarily for sports rehabilitation.
Cohen Children's Specialty Center at Stamford Hospital
An extensive pediatric ward within Stamford hospital, the Cohen Children's Center provides all branches of pediatric medicine, surgery and neonatal intensive care services. This works in concert with the hospital's dedicated pediatric emergency room, which is staffed by fellowship trained pediatric emergency physicians.
Tully Health Center
A satellite campus located a few miles northwest of the main hospital, the facility includes multiple health care services in an outpatient "medical mall" setting. Named after Daniel and Grace Tully, whose family who made a significant donation to The Campaign for Stamford Hospital, the center opened in the spring of 2002 after overhauling the formerly St. Josephs Hospital. The Patty and George Sarner Health & Fitness Institute is housed within and provides access for both rehabilitation and personal fitness.
In addition to those listed above, Stamford hospital has several additional outpatient facilities scattered throughout southwestern Connecticut, largely imaging centers and clinical offices of the affiliated Stamford Health Medical Group (SHMG). These include HSS at Chelsea Piers, Darien Imaging Center, Darien Medical Center, Wilton Surgery Center, and Holly Hill Greenwich.
The 305 bed Stamford Hospital and nearly 500 affiliated physicians provide patient care in all of the general medical specialties as well as the majority of subspecialties typically seen within a regional referral center.
The hospital's focus has been to become a regionally respected center for Neurology/Stroke, Invasive and Non-invasive Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery and Orthopedics.
To amuse patients, some volunteers at the hospital roam the halls dressed up as clowns, calling themselves Health and Humor Associates (or "HAHA").
Awards and recognition
In 2004, the Joint Commission awarded the annual Ernest A. Codman Award for creating a protocol to maintain correct blood glucose levels in critically ill patients. The new protocol cut the death rate among those patients by 29 percent and shortened time spent in the intensive care unit by 11 percent.
Stamford Hospital was awarded American Nurses Credentialing Center Award for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2005. Stamford Hospital was one of 168 hospitals in the country to receive the award.
In 2018, Stamford Hospital received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare Certification. 
Alliances and partnerships
- The hospital is a major teaching affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is a clinical training site for Columbia medical students. In addition, Columbia serves as the umbrella institution governing Stamford Hospital's residency programs of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology and General Surgery.
- The hospital is the clinical teaching site for the Sacred Heart University Physician Assistant program.
- The hospital is certified by Planetree International, an organization that pioneered a focus on patient-centered care.
- Stamford Health's Bennett Cancer Center is part of the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Care Collaborative.
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- "Judge John Clason is Dead". The Guide to Nature Magazine. November 1917. Retrieved April 21, 2021 – via Stamford Historical Society.
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- "In Memoriam". medicine.yale.edu. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
- Sullivan, Eve, "Stamford Hospital breaks ground on new building", news article, Business section, The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, May 15, 2013
- Becker, Arielle Levin (September 25, 2015). "Hospital CEO pay: red herring or key in state funding debate?". The Connecticut Mirror. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
- Porstner, Donna, "Stamford to get $7M from feds", The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, Stamford edition, p. 1
- "Stamford Health Bennett Medical Center Adds New Signage". Stamford, CT Patch. November 29, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
- "Stamford Hospital joins Dana-Farber Brigham and Women's Cancer Care Collaborative - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Boston, MA". www.dana-farber.org. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
- "Greenwich residents could benefit from state's Colorectal Cancer Registry", article (no by-line) in The Greenwich Post, March 23, 2007
- "Stamford Hospital is the hospital with a heart," by Nancy Robinson, article in Healthy Connections advertising supplement to The Advocate of Stamford and Greenwich Time, p. 10. July 30, 2006
- Parry, Wynne, "HAHAs spread laughter to hospital patients", article, The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, December 20, 2007, Stamford edition, pp. 1, A4
- Lee, Richard, "Healed Hospital: Ernst & Young lauds CEO for getting health system off life support", news article, Business section, The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, July 26, 2007, pp. C1, C2
- "Sacred Heart University opens PA program at Stamford Hospital". Hartford Business Journal.
- "Stamford Hospital Joins Dana Farber Cancer Collaborative". Stamford, CT Patch. July 15, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
- Official website
- District 1199, SEIU, a union representing some employees at the Library of Congress Web Archives (archived November 13, 2002)
- Connecticut Department of Public Health
- Hospital Performance Comparisons, a report released in February 2006 by the state Department of Health at the Wayback Machine (archived September 23, 2006)