More than 75 community members, local officials and Hartford HealthCare leaders braved an early fall rainstorm for a beam-signing event Sept. 26 at the site of the future Hartford HealthCare Mystic HealthCenter.

The 47,000-square-foot development off I-95 and Coogan Boulevard in the Mystic section of Stonington is scheduled to open in winter of 2020 and will include:

  • Neuroscience services, including a movement disorders center, neurosurgery services and pain management services.
  • Cardiology including specialists in vascular surgery, electrophysiology, heart failure; comprehensive diagnostic testing such as stress, echocardiogram and CT; and a vascular lab and pacemaker clinic.
  • Imaging, including X-ray, MRI, CT-Scan and Ultrasound.
  • Physical therapy and other rehabilitation services.
  • Primary care and concierge medicine.
  • Space for future offerings.

Attendees of the event used black markers to sign a steel beam that will be a permanent part inside the building’s glass stairwell.  The stairwell is designed to look like a lighthouse to fit with the nautical theme of the development.

“This center is really about helping people live the healthiest lives as close to home as possible and improving access to an integrated system of care through the clinical expertise that resides in this community,” said David Whitehead, Hartford HealthCare Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. “Now these providers can work in this state-of-the-art, technologically driven, ambulatory services center that you see behind me.”

Dr. Howard Haronian, Medical Director and Vice President of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute in the East Region, said the new facility will allow his team to, “deliver expert care in modern, accessible offices.”  Dr. David Tinklepaugh Medical Director of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute told the crowd the new center will allow the Institute to offer new services into the community such as virtual reality treatment for pain management.

The center is located next to the Mystic Aquarium at the Perkins Farm campus, which is a large mixed-use development that also includes upscale housing for active adults and professionals.

Developer David Lattizori said the project is a “monumental” achievement for the community.

“This will be a destination medical center, a place where people can get comprehensive care in one convenient location,” he said.

To learn more about the project and view a live construction cam, visit

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