HARTFORD, Conn., July 10, 2008 -- United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) today announced a $1 million contribution to the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. The Smilow Cancer Hospital will provide care to patients throughout the region by expanding clinical space for Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale Cancer Center and Yale School of Medicine.
“Smilow Cancer Hospital will provide world-class care to our community and play an important role in the search for a cure to this terrible disease," said Louis R. Chênevert, UTC president and chief executive officer. “Yale Cancer Center is one of only 39 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers, and the only one in southern New England. I'm proud that UTC can support this exceptional new cancer facility in our community."
The 14-story, 497,000-square-foot Smilow Cancer Hospital, located in New Haven, Connecticut, will house 112 inpatient beds, outpatient treatment rooms, expanded operating rooms, diagnostic imaging services, therapeutic radiology and a specialized Women's Cancer Center.
"Smilow Cancer Hospital will allow us to deliver cancer care in a truly integrated manner, benefiting our patients," said Marna P. Borgstrom, Yale-New Haven Hospital president and chief executive officer. "We are grateful to UTC for its generosity in supporting the cancer hospital, as well as for the extraordinary personal support of Louis and Debbie Chênevert and their leadership of our critical fundraising campaign."
Chênevert has served as a member of Yale Cancer Center's Director's Advisory Board since 2001 and currently serves as co-chairman of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Campaign Committee.
The contribution from UTC will be recognized in the Women's Health Center Oncology reception area of Smilow Cancer Hospital, which will celebrate its last construction milestone with a "topping-off" event on July 24, 2008.
United Technologies Corp. is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries. UTC’s products include Carrier heating and air conditioning, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace systems and industrial products, Otis elevators and escalators, Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Sikorsky helicopters, UTC Fire & Security systems and UTC Power fuel cells. UTC and its business units employ approximately 27,000 Connecticut residents and contributed more than $5 million to non-profit organizations in the state in 2007.
Smilow Cancer Hospital, supported by a major gift from Joel and Joan Smilow, is slated for completion in 2009. The 14-story facility will house inpatient and outpatient services for community practitioners and faculty physicians at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale Cancer Center, one of 39 comprehensive cancer centers recognized by the National Cancer Institute for exceptional clinical care and scientific research. Patients benefit from collaborations among internationally renowned scientists and physicians, enabling the Center to provide the best approaches for detection, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.