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Forum Set On Plans For Southington's Bradley Hospital

SOUTHINGTON — The future of Bradley Memorial Hospital, operating here since 1938, will be the topic of a community forum Monday.

"Executives from Hartford HealthCare will attend to solicit community input about the health care services for the community," the health-care group said in a statement Thursday.

The meeting is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of the Deronyski School, 240 Main St. Town officials are expected to attend, but the meeting is the idea of Hartford HealthCare, which plans to change the services offered at Bradley. Many residents have objected to the plans.

"There is a lot of concern in town and it is good if discussions begin that include the community," Town Manager Garry Brumback said.

People opposed to the proposed changes at Bradley attended a town council meeting Monday and spoke for two hours about keeping Bradley open as a full-service hospital.

Two days after the meeting, Hartford HealthCare said it would delay plans to seek state permission to revise services at Bradley. The group's officials said they were doing so in light of community concerns and pledged to include residents in planning discussions.

The meeting Monday is billed as the first of those discussions. Rebecca Stewart, a spokeswoman for Hartford HealthCare, said the group wants to talk with residents about how to "best provide the most appropriate health care services and programs at the Bradley Memorial campus and within the Town of Southington."

Bradley Memorial Hospital benefited for decades from community efforts to buy new equipment and expand services. Bradley merged in 2006 with New Britain General Hospital to become The Hospital of Central Connecticut. Hartford HealthCare manages it as part of the network of hospitals and health services it offers across Connecticut.

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