Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center expands Ansonia facility

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ANSONIA — Valley residents now have more options than ever to achieve and maintain optimum health.

That’s thanks in part to the newly expanded Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center at 121 Wakelee Ave., whose renovated digs were unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

A contingent of local, state and federal officials, including Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, gathered outside the now-12,000-square-foot facility, joined by CEO Michael Taylor.

 

The health center previously occupied 2,300 square feet of space in the building’s right-hand corner, but since has taken over the entire building, expanding services dedicated to patients’ physical and mental well-being, and now including dental health. The Richard O. Belden Dental Clinic, previously located in neighboring Derby, now is part of the health center’s integrated care campus.

“Our residents and their health are our most valuable assets,” said Mayor David Cassetti. “The city applauds Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center for taking this important step toward ensuring all members of our community receive the health care they need to lead healthy, productive lives and contribute to the vibrancy of our communities.”

The expansion, which took about a year to complete, will allow the facility to serve even more people from the Valley, New Haven and West Haven, according to Taylor.

Expanded services include programs to better equip the community in managing the impact of the state’s opioid crisis, officials said. Those services include methadone and Suboxone maintenance and medication-based treatment programs proven to be effective in the management and treatment of opioid dependence.

 

“Based on the research and experience, we know that treatment is most effective when it’s paired with behavioral health services such as counseling and a range of other medical treatment options,” Taylor said. “This is why we take an integrated approach to not only treating and preventing addiction, but all of our patient-centered health care services.”

Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell was pleased to see the facility expand on Wakelee Avenue, dubbed the “medical mile” with Griffin Hospital, the Center for Cancer Care and various medical practices located here.

“The link between a community’s health and the vitality of its businesses and workforce is inextricable,” said Purcell. “When it comes to community health and well-being, the return on investment can be seen in quality of life and the bottom line. Without health we have nothing.”

The Cornell Scott Hill-Health Center was the first federally qualified community health care center in Connecticut founded in 1968 in New Haven, and today has 23 facilities across New Haven County.

 

The “several-million-dollar” project was designed by Svigals & Partners Architects of New Haven with construction by Primrose Companies Inc. of Bridgeport, Taylor said.

Bysiewicz, who extended well-wishes from Gov. Ned Lamont, said the expanded facility “radiates the cooperation and care of the community ... and healthy communities make our beautiful state even better.”

State Sen. George Logan, R-Ansonia, shared fond memories of the health center as a young boy.

“I grew up in the Hill section of New Haven and the center played a huge role in my life. ... I didn’t always have these pearly whites,” Logan said. “My mother brought us to Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center when we were little, and it will always have a place in my heart.”

 

Taylor said the expansion will allow for double the staff, as well.

Dr. Michael Couturie said the facility’s transformation is incredible, especially with its warmly painted walls, comfortable seating areas and easy access and flow of the various departments. He quipped that he was also “really impressed with the new-car smell” of the facility with it pristine new flooring, furniture and equipment.

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