Our Institution: A Learning Community

Institute of Living

Hartford Hospital (HH) and The Institute of Living (IOL) share a campus located just south of downtown Hartford and the state capitol, and just a few blocks east of Trinity College. Along with adjacent Connecticut Children’s, the hospitals form one of the nation’s most sophisticated medical complexes.

  • Hartford Healthcare (HH) is one of the leading healthcare systems in the state of Connecticut and the Northeast.
  • Established in 1854, Hartford Hospital is a 938 bed, Level 1 Trauma Center and operates the State’s first Air Ambulance System, Life Star.
  • Hartford Hospital serves as a major affiliated training site for the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine. HH/IOL and UConn residents rotate at Hartford Hospital on internal medicine, neurology, consultation/liaison psychiatry, and emergency room/crisis intervention services.
  • The Institute of Living (IOL) is the Department of Psychiatry of Hartford Hospital. The IOL provides a full complement of psychiatric services, treating patients with a wide range of disorders. The facility includes three 28-bed general adult locked inpatient units. It has a full capacity of 114 beds. It also has a Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit and a Geriatric Inpatient Unit with a subspecialized dementia treatment section. Founded in 1822, The IOL was one of the first mental health centers in the United States and the first hospital of any kind in Connecticut.  IOL boast multiple Mental Health treatment resources including outpatient clinics, intensive outpatient programs, and a research center.
  • Hartford Hospital has seven intensive care units: medical, cardiac, pulmonary rehabilitation, surgical, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgical and neonatal. Each has an attached step-down unit. The hospital also has medical, surgical, surgical subspecialty (ENT, orthopedic, urology), obstetrics, gynecology, neurology and cardiology units, as well as specialty units in oncology, palliative care, Level 1 surgical trauma, transplantation and dialysis. Outpatient clinics also serve a full spectrum of patients.
  • Patients treated at Hartford Hospital include individuals with a full range of disorders. The patient population is socioeconomically and ethnically diverse.