Saint Raphael Acquisition Creates Opportunities

September 11, 2012

Dean Robert Alpern: 333 Cedar Street

333 Cedar Street is a monthly letter from Dean Robert J. Alpern, MD, Ensign Professor of Medicine, on topics of interest to the Yale School of Medicine community. Write to Dean Alpern at 333cedar@yale.edu.

Yale-New Haven’s acquisition of the Hospital of Saint Raphael is exciting news for the School of Medicine, bringing expanded opportunities for clinical growth and community care and closer ties to a large number of outstanding physicians.

To the Yale School of Medicine Community,

Today, Yale-New Haven Hospital announced the completion of its acquisition of the Hospital of Saint Raphael, a development that will significantly change the health care landscape in our region. Established in 1907, Saint Raphael grew over the years to become one of the best hospitals in Connecticut while earning a reputation for excellence in primary and specialty care. Many of the physicians at Saint Raphael have ties to Yale through our teaching and training programs, or as alumni of Yale and its residencies and fellowships. Now this group of highly skilled physicians and staff is joining the Yale-New Haven organization to form one of the largest hospitals in the country, with a combined 1,519 beds. The acquisition will provide many benefits, including greater overall efficiency and economies of scale, increased physician alignment, integration of the electronic health record, and, with the addition of 511 beds, increased capacity for Yale-New Haven Hospital.

On behalf of the school, I extend a warm welcome to the physicians and staff of Saint Raphael. Some of these physicians will join our faculty, but all will join us on the staff of Yale-New Haven Hospital and become closer colleagues. The clinical services at Saint Raphael—as of tomorrow, the Saint Raphael campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital—will now be aligned with those at Yale-New Haven Hospital. This additional capacity—more beds, more facilities, more physicians, and more staff—means additional resources for teaching, patient care, and clinical research, and better care for the community.

We can expect a period of change as the new facilities, people, and programs of Saint Raphael are incorporated into Yale-New Haven Hospital. This transition will bring together two great hospitals to create a larger entity with a single, unified mission. We welcome this addition and look forward to the opportunities it presents.

Sincerely,   

Dean Robert J. Alpern, M.D.  
Ensign Professor of Medicine