The University of Connecticut has opened its new 11-floor, 38,000-square foot hospital tower in Farmington.
Seventy patients on five floors, including those in intensive care, were recently moved from their rooms inside the existing Connecticut Tower at John Dempsey Hospital into the new University Tower.
Hospital CEO Anne Diamond says the move, which used a bridge that connects the second floors of the towers, went smoothly.
The $318 million building, constructed with money from the state's Bioscience Connecticut initiative, includes 169 private rooms, a state-of-the art surgical unit and a 40-bed emergency department.
The hospital's oncology and cardiac step-down units are also located in the new tower.
The hospital is keeping its labor and delivery, gynecology, prisoner-care and psychiatric inpatient units in the old tower.
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.