News Release

November 20, 2009

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

UConn/Hartford Healthcare Corporation Partnership Plans End

FARMINGTON, CONN. – After a review by the leadership of its Board of Trustees, the University of Connecticut has concluded that it cannot marshal the support needed to win approval for the proposed partnership with Hartford Healthcare Corporation.

In a joint statement sent earlier today to University faculty and staff, President Michael J. Hogan and Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, vice president for health affairs and medical school dean, said the UConn Health Center will remain focused on providing outstanding health care, educating the next generation of physicians and dentists, and performing breakthrough biomedical research.

“Accordingly, the University is working with the legislative leadership and the Governor’s office to assess other options,” added Hogan. “Furthermore, as alternate plans develop we will continue to involve the faculty and staff and keep everyone informed.”  “For over four decades, the UConn Health Center has played a critically important role in the delivery of high-quality healthcare, innovative medical education and cutting edge research in our state,” Laurencin said.

“Despite today’s challenging environment, the Health Center will remain a vital component of the healthcare landscape in Connecticut and our nation.”

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