Danbury Hospital has been on a journey to transform the scope, choice and quality of our healthcare services, growing our institution from a very good community teaching hospital into a premier regional health network. This transformation can be seen in everything we do, including the advances in our surgical capabilities. We now compete in surgical quality and talent with the best urban medical centers in the Northeast.
Underpinning the transformative advances at Danbury Hospital is an institutional commitment to excellence and innovation. The most telling evidence is the number of nationally recognized, board-certified, fellowship-trained surgical sub-specialists who have left positions at premier academic medical centers to join our endeavors. In 2005, we established our cardiac surgery program, which only a few years later is performing a full range of complex surgeries with outstanding outcomes. Another signpost is the establishment of four endowed chairs:
• The Carmen L. and Peter Buck Chair of Surgery
• The Harold and Myra Spratt Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery
• The Linda and Stephen R. Cohen Chair in Vascular Surgery
• The Fred and Irmi Bering Chair in Laparoscopic Surgery
Bringing Convenience to Patients
Individuals needing routine medical care continue to find the same patient-centered excellence that has been the hallmark of this much-loved community hospital for over a century. But when patients need complex life-saving procedures and advanced surgical expertise, they no longer have to travel long distances to find them. Danbury Hospital’s large team of surgical experts meet their needs, with leading-edge innovative treatments supported by advanced diagnostic services, the newest technology, and the safest, most effective state-of-the-art anesthesiology and pain management techniques.
Our anesthesiology team, available 24 hours a day for emergency procedures, develops a tailored anesthetic plan for each individual patient. Led by Martin Serrins, M.D., chairman, the Department of Anesthesiology employs a full range of techniques to ensure patient safety. These procedures include:
• General Anesthesia
• Regional Anesthesia
• Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia
• “Twilight” Anesthesia
Investing in What’s Next
We are also proud to report that Danbury Hospital’s Department of Surgery is a leader in making education a key part of our institutional culture. In 2010, we received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to sponsor a new surgical residency program, the first de novo program in Connecticut in 41 years. Affiliated with the renowned University of Vermont College of Medicine and led by practicing surgeons who come to us from the faculties of many of the finest academic medical centers, Danbury has joined the elite group of American medical institutions privileged to train the next generation of surgeons.
In the pages that follow, we share with you highlights of the innovations and specialties offered within our expanded Department of Surgery, and introduce you to some of the outstanding clinicians who lead these services. We hope you will use this opportunity to look further into Danbury Hospital and the new Western Connecticut Healthcare Network. To find out more about our surgical capabilities, visit lesscuttingmoreedge.com or call 800-516-3607.
Pierre F. Saldinger, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Carmen L. and Peter Buck Chair of Surgery
Director, General Surgery Residency Program
Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Vermont College of Medicine