The History Behind Waterbury Hospital
Waterbury Hospital opened its doors in 1890 as the first hospital in the city of Waterbury and fourth in the state of Connecticut. The hospital’s mission is to provide compassionate, high quality healthcare services. Each year, Waterbury Hospital cares for approximately 15,000 inpatients, including more than 5,000 on the general medicine service, and treats more than 160,000 people in its outpatient medical clinics and 58,000 patients in its emergency department. The institution has nine floors, including wards dedicated to general surgery, psychiatry, orthopedics and general medicine, as well as a telemetry unit, family birthing center, neonatal intensive care unit, cardiothoracic unit, and medical and surgical intensive care units. The general medical teaching service is geographically localized to the fourth and fifth floors and the ICU is located on the second floor of the hospital. Ample teaching and charting space is available on each floor. The hospital has an electronic medical record that is available throughout the health center. Patients admitted to the medical service encompass the full range of age, socioeconomic status, and disease spectrum of internal medicine.
Waterbury Hospital has a rich history of training excellent internists for over a century. In the early 1950’s and 1960’s, Dr. Joseph Bizzozero Sr., with his training and relationship with Yale University, saw the opportunity to make a Waterbury Hospital a center for medical education in the state. Our first internal medicine program was founded by Drs. Thomas Amatruda and George Thornton, and thrived for many years. Numerous graduates have gone on to make major contributions to medicine throughout the years. For over two decades, Waterbury Hospital had been the major teaching site for the Yale Primary Care Residency Program. In 2012, Yale-New Haven Hospital completed a merger with the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven creating two campuses less than a mile apart. As a result of this expansion, the Yale Primary Care Residency Program was transitioned into this second campus in 2014.
Simultaneously, Waterbury Hospital became the primary site of a new Yale-sponsored internal medicine training program, Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program. The mission of the program is to train physicians to provide compassionate, evidence-based, high-quality care in an atmosphere that promotes excellence, scholarship and life-long learning. The residency curriculum includes the extensive resources of Yale’s preeminent medical center and the supportive collegial environment of Waterbury Hospital. Resident physicians in the program are based at Waterbury Hospital and Chase Outpatient Center, but partake in elective rotations at Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as participate in research and global health opportunities through the Yale School of Medicine and Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program, respectively. Moreover, our new affiliations with the Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and University of Connecticut Health Center provide a wealth of additional opportunities for Waterbury Hospital to enter a new century of medical education and innovative medical care.