GCC, Community Celebrate Naming of Yale-New Haven Hospital Nursing Suite

Yale-New Haven Hospital and Gateway Community College (GCC) celebrated the naming of the college’s nursing suite with an April 28 ribbon cutting and reception. The ribbon cutting event punctuates Yale-New Haven Hospital’s longstanding commitment to Gateway’s nursing and allied health programming.  


“Yale-New Haven Hospital has been a dedicated and generous partner since the beginning of our nursing program,” said GCC President Dorsey Kendrick. “We are so grateful for all Marna Borgstrom and her team have done to support the college’s mission to create a first-class healthcare workforce. Wherever you go for health care in this region, you are sure to meet a Gateway graduate.”


Housed on the fourth floor in the south building of GCC’s downtown campus, the Yale-New Haven Nursing Suite houses three state-of-the-art skills laboratories with 20 patient beds and two private patient simulation rooms with a control room outfitted with the latest patient simulation technology. The labs simulate an acute-care setting with top-quality medical equipment and high-tech mannequins that serve as patient simulators. This enables students to experience real-life medical situations with the ability to videotape student interactions at each bedside for later review with faculty. Once students have studied and experienced this hands-on practice, they are prepared to enter the clinical setting and manage real-life situations safely and competently.

“Yale-New Haven Hospital has been a proud supporter of Gateway Community College for over a decade, providing resources for the development of its exceptional nursing program,” said Marna P. Borgstrom, president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital. “This commitment builds upon our partnership, ensuring that the next generation of nursing professionals will have the opportunity to learn their profession in a state-of-the-art facility.”  


Once students have studied and experienced hands-on practice in the Yale-New Haven Nursing Suite, they are prepared to enter the clinical setting and manage real-life situations in a safe and competent manner.  


“The Gateway Community College Foundation considers Yale-New Haven Hospital among our strongest partners,” said Tom Griggs Jr., chairman of the GCC Foundation Board. “Their generosity has made a difference in the lives of so many, not only in the nursing profession, but for countless patients who benefit from the exceptional training and preparation that the college is able to provide.”  


According to Sheila Solernou, director of GCC’s Nursing and Allied Health programs, the college has graduated 600 nurses since the program’s inception in 2002. More than 200 medical professionals have been hired by Yale-New Haven Hospital alone, a testament to the quality of Gateway’s Nursing curriculum.


Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) is a non-profit, 1,541-bed tertiary medical center that includes Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, and Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. Relying on the skill and expertise of more than 4,500 university and community physicians and advanced practitioners, including more than 600 resident physicians, YNHH provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary, family-focused care in more than 100 medical specialty areas. As the primary teaching hospital for Yale School of Medicine (YSM), the hospital’s supervised physician residents and fellows support its medical staff by providing around-the-clock coverage and insightful, research-supported patient care.


In addition to providing quality medical care to its patients and their families, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the flagship member of Yale-New Haven Health System, is also the second-largest employer in the New Haven area, with more than 12,000 employees.


Accredited by The Joint Commission, Yale-New Haven Hospital regularly ranks among the best hospitals in the United States. In conjunction with YSM and Yale Cancer Center, YNHH is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching and clinical research.


When it opened as the General Hospital Society of Connecticut in 1826, Yale-New Haven Hospital was the first hospital in Connecticut and the fourth voluntary hospital in the nation. In 1884, the hospital's name was changed to New Haven Hospital. In 1917, the Yale School of Medicine and New Haven Hospital signed their first formal affiliation agreement, which marked the beginning of the modern medical center. In 1945, an affiliation with nearby Grace Hospital led to a name change: Grace-New Haven Hospital. In 1965, a more formal agreement with Yale officially created Yale-New Haven Hospital.


Today, YNHH is a private, nonprofit teaching hospital that ranks among the premier medical centers in the nation. YNHH is included among the country’s Best Hospitals in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking. With two main campuses, Yale-New Haven is the largest acute care provider in southern Connecticut and one of the Northeast's major referral centers.
The inpatient buildings are four pavilions around a central atrium. The hospital also includes the Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital (formerly Yale Psychiatric Institute) and an ambulatory services division with several satellite facilities, including Temple Medical Center and the Shoreline Medical Center in Guilford.

In 2012, YNHH acquired the assets of the Hospital of Saint Raphael, now named Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. Learn more about Yale-New Haven Hospital by visiting ynhh.org.