NEW HAVEN, CT – Smilow Cancer Hospital was dedicated at Yale-New Haven Hospital today, giving southern New England its most comprehensive care facility.
Speakers at the dedication of the 511,000 square foot, 14-story cancer center included Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell, Yale-New Haven Hospital president Marna Borgstrom, Yale President Richard Levin, Yale Medical School dean Robert Alpern, and philanthropist Joel Smilow (Yale ’54).
President Borgstrom personally acknowledged the “vision, experience, and diligence of our architects at Shepley Bulfinch” and Turner Construction, and noted that “the way in which this building was planned and constructed will help to relieve some of the burdens that patients will have to carry.”
In her remarks, Governor Rell said, “I’m in awe of this building. To the architects, I envy you the ability to be able to have this vision, to be able to put it on paper, make it all come together and say ‘This is what you’ve asked for, this is what we’re going to do, and this is how it’s going to look’. I have to tell you, I’m very impressed.”
Construction began on the project in 2006. The hospital will see its first patient on Monday, and is scheduled for completion early in 2010.