Two years ago, after a terrible rain storm, flood waters destroyed Yale Medical Group's Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation office in Milford.
When the practice opened a new office at 48 Wellington Road in December, Judith Greenspan, 71, was there the first day. She'd had an elbow replacement, and was feeling some pain after shaking out a heavy winter comforter. She didn't want to travel out of town, but she did want a doctor with special expertise.
Carrie Swigart, MD, the specialist who had replaced Greenspan's elbow, was happy to see her. "The Milford office has been a thriving part of our practice for many years," says Dr. Swigart.
While many people think they must drive to New Haven to see a Yale specialist, the new office in Milford is one of more than 50 separate YMG locations in 27 different towns and cities throughout Connecticut, including Danbury, Greenwich, Fairfield, Bridgeport and New London—as well as in hospitals across the state. These facilities cover specialties ranging from obstetrics and gynecology to ear, nose, and throat; from cardiology to cancer care.
"We see health care needs changing in Connecticut, and we've been making our own changes to meet those needs," says Karin Render, director of strategic planning for Yale Medical Group. "We opened some of our satellites because we've seen a gap in the services provided in a particular area of the state, or we see a density or aging of the local population."
Yale Medical Group's Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation service established its first satellite office more than 20 years ago, and now its 22 specialists see at least 40 percent of their outpatients in offices in Guilford, Middlebury, Milford and Shelton. To accommodate its own growing caseload, the Milford office increased its exam rooms from four in its previous building to nine in the new one, and added Yale-New Haven Hospital physical therapy and X-ray services.
Some patients travel to Milford from as far away as Shelton and Fairfield County because they want a Yale orthopaedist with expertise in such areas as fractures, hand or spine disorders, traumatic injuries and sports medicine. "It's not southern Connecticut, but it feels more accessible to people from southern Connecticut to come to Milford than it does to New Haven," Dr. Swigart says.
To find a location
Not all Yale Medical Group practices have offices outside New Haven; however, patients who want to know whether they can obtain specialized medical care closer to home should always ask their doctor about the options. For help finding a specific office, you can also visit The Yale Medical Group Maps & Directions page.About Yale Medical Group
Yale Medical Group is one of the largest academic multispecialty group practices in the United States. Our physicians are the clinical faculty for the Yale School of Medicine. We have:
• Over 1,000 practicing physicians
• More than 100 specialties and subspecialties
• 24/7 on-site and on-call coverage for numerous services
• A reputation as a major referral center for Greater New Haven, Connecticut, and New EnglandHow we Work
We provide compassionate, individualized care to both adult and pediatric patients in a comfortable, professional environment. We listen carefully and provide explanations and answers while encouraging patients to participate in all medical decisions. We work in teams with specially trained nurses, social workers, technologists and other caregivers to support patients and family members before, during and after their visits.
The Benefits of an Academic Medical Center
There are many benefits to receiving your care at an Academic Medical Center. As faculty at Yale School of Medicine, we are innovators and researchers, constantly seeking out better treatments for our patients. Many of us are national and international leaders in our fields, providing the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and using the most advanced technology.