With Stamford Hospital's plans to break ground for its new building in May, OdysseyRe's president and CEO, Brian D. Young, met recently with hospital president and CEO Brian G. Grissler to present the company's first check of $1 million toward its $10 million commitment for the OdysseyRe Emergency Department and Trauma Center.

OdysseyRe is a worldwide underwriter of reinsurance and specialty insurance headquartered in Stamford. The $10 million grant was not the company's first gift to Stamford Hospital. In 2008, OdysseyRe gave $2 million to fund the purchase of the da Vinci Surgical System.

"As a company, we believe it is important to support the communities in which our employees live and work," Young said. "We know that Stamford Hospital is a cornerstone of our community and we are extremely excited to be part of the new hospital plans and to help ensure quality health care for years to come."

Grissler, who lives in New Canaan, added, "We are fortunate to live in a community where so many locally based corporations, such as OdysseyRe, have supported the hospital so generously through the years. As we make progress on our plans for the new Stamford Hospital, this type of support is even more significant and will have a resounding impact on our patients and the care we can provide for years to come."

The new hospital, which will be constructed in a single phase, is scheduled to be completed in 2016. Some of the key features include:

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New patient-care units with all private rooms and private bathrooms, as well as centralized nurses' stations for more flexible care delivery and two family lounges per floor;

An emergency department with separate treatment areas for trauma, cardiac, urgent, behavioral health and pediatric patients, more than doubling the number and size of exam rooms. In addition, there will be dedicated and easily accessible parking, along with individual points of entry for walk-in and ambulance arrivals;

Significantly larger surgical suites to accommodate the latest technology;

A new pediatric unit in the Whittingham Pavilion adjacent to the current Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to centralize mother-child services;

An expansion of the Intensive Care Unit; and

A central location for all Heart & Vascular Institute services, including electrophysiology, catheterization and interventional labs.