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Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital

HEALTHCARE

World-class Healthcare

The expansion of the healthcare system in the region has brought significant economic benefits, promoting both short-term and long-term growth. One notable impact is the improved accessibility and quality of healthcare services, which has led to a surge in demand for healthcare professionals across various specialties, creating employment opportunities. However, there is a need for more registered nurses (RNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) than currently available. Furthermore, the infusion of healthcare infrastructure investment has increased construction activity, creating more jobs and revenue streams. The healthcare sector remains the region's largest employer.

Milestones & Accomplishments

  • To address workforce needs, Yale New Haven Health and four local universities help eligible students enroll in nursing programs. Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), and Connecticut Community College Gateway aim to produce at least 557 more nurses over the next four years. A $10 million grant will train 1,250 patient care associates/technicians at Yale New Haven Hospital during this period. The program participants are full-time employees who receive pay and benefits.
  • Yale New Haven Health continues to grow within and beyond the region. In late 2026, Yale New Haven Hospital Neuroscience Campus will open with an expanded emergency department. In addition, the health system is acquiring Waterbury Hospital, Manchester Hospital, and Rockville General Hospital.
  • In an initiative designed to streamline care, Yale New Haven Health has launched an at-home infusion pharmacy program to provide eligible patients with IV drugs and nutritional therapies. Additionally, the Visiting Nurse Association Community Healthcare & Hospice has partnered with Yale New Haven Health to enhance its ability to provide high-quality home health services. Yale Medicine and Masonicare have opened comprehensive orthopedic services on Masonicare’s Wallingford campus, providing access to Yale Medicine physician specialists in surgical and non-surgical interventions.
  • Hartford Healthcare has a significant presence in the region, with two Primary Care locations, eight Specialty Care locations, and six Urgent Care/Walk-in locations. In addition, Midstate Medical Center is undergoing an $8.4 million expansion, including 16 additional inpatient beds and expanded operating space.
  • Hartford HealthCare and Yale New Haven Health have established a joint venture to provide proton therapy services at the Connecticut Proton Therapy Center (CPTC), a 25,000 sq. ft. facility in Wallingford. The CPTC will offer proton therapy, a type of radiation therapy that uses high-energy protons to treat many solid cancer tumors, including the brain and central nervous system, eye, gastrointestinal tract, head and neck, liver, lung, prostate, spine, and some breast tumors.