Sacred Heart University and Yale New Haven’s North East Medical Group (NEGM) have partnered to open a new health center for SHU students. This center first opened on August 22 in a temporary space at the Park Avenue Medical Center, but officially opened in the larger and newly remodeled space on March 12.
“I am excited for the new health care center,” said sophomore Sebastian Ford. “It’s nice to see that Sacred Heart cares about the health of their students and wants to provide them with top-of-the-line facilities.”
The new facility, which is fully dedicated to SHU students, is 2,000 square feet, and includes four exam rooms and a lab, according to the university’s website.
“This partnership has been great for the University,” said Dean of Students Larry Wielk in a SHU press release. “Our students have more health care options and a wider range of services as a result.”
“Yale New Haven Health is very excited to expand our partnership with Sacred Heart,” said Anne Diamond, executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health and president of Bridgeport Hospital, according to the university’s press release.
The center is open Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students have the option to shuttle there, or if they have their car, they can park in any space designated for patients. This includes three parking lots, and a free parking garage, according to Sacred Heart.
“I recently went there because I was feeling sick, and the rooms were really nice, and the whole place was run well,” said sophomore Chris Simpson. “The people who worked there were really nice, and I was in and out quickly.”
Not only are Sacred Heart students getting a new facility, they also gain access to a wider variety of health services. Students now get the benefits of all of Yale New Haven Health and Bridgeport Hospital resources. This includes over 6,000 physicians in more than 100 different specialties, according to Sacred Heart’s press release.
According to Yale New Haven Health’s website, “At Park Avenue Medical Center, you will find a wide range of coordinated medical services in one location. All designed and delivered with the care, compassion, and expertise you expect from Yale New Haven Health.”
Sophomore Isabella Mulholland is looking forward to the new partnership.
“I like how many doctors we can get access to now,” Mulholland said. “I really hope I do not need to go there often, but if I do, I have confidence in the service I am going to get.”
SHU and Yale New Haven Health officials are also looking forward to the partnership and the care it will bring to students.
“This new location will allow for easy access to health care for students, is close to campus, and will allow for seamless transitions to higher level care if ever needed,” said Diamond in SHU’s press release.