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Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital Continue Path Toward Affiliation

Thursday, July 01, 2010 - Danbury, CT

John Murphy, M.D. President and CEO of Danbury Hospital and Richard J. Henley  Interim President and CEO of New Milford Hospital

John Murphy, M.D. President and CEO of Danbury Hospital and Richard J. Henley FACHE, FHFMA, Interim President and CEO of New Milford Hospital signed a formal agreement today to join the two health systems. After months of due diligence, the Boards of Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital officially voted in June to pursue the necessary regulatory approvals to a affiliate the two organizations, likely by fall 2010.

Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital Will Operate Under Single Board

The core principle of this affiliation remains: building the best possible health care delivery system for residents of western CT and adjacent NY State. The plans indicate the two hospitals will remain independent and join their sister organizations under a single board of volunteers from throughout the region.

Hospital leadership has reinforced that community needs are a top consideration and that outreach will continue via community meetings, online postings and media to keep the residents informed and part of the process.

John Murphy, M.D. President and CEO at Danbury Hospital stated that “We are encouraged by the response we have received from our community leaders and residents. We are overwhelmed by their support for our plans to join these two exceptional hospitals.”

Richard J. Henley, FACHE, FHFMA, Interim President and CEO, New Milford Hospital, said, “We are delighted to hear so many positive comments as we continue to reach out and keep our physicians, staff and community informed of our progress.”

Additional Details About the Planned Affiliation

  • Individual and collective planning teams continue to review operational and financial implications and perform necessary due diligence
  • Applications have been filed with the State and ensuing meetings are taking place on schedule
  • There is ongoing communication, outreach and collaboration among physicians and clinical teams
  • A target date of October 1, 2010 is set for the formal affiliation to be in-place and operational. This coincides with the new fiscal year for both hospitals

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Yale University School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders, radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve on the faculty of the nation’s finest medical centers offering a higher level of experience.

Danbury Hospital is recognized by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality Improvement program (NSQIP) as one of 25 ACE NSQIP participating hospitals in the United States to achieve exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care.

About New Milford Hospital

Founded in 1921, New Milford Hospital is an 85-bed community hospital and Planetree affiliate dedicated to patient-centered care that nurtures every patient’s mind, body and spirit. The Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, and Approved with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer. Since 2005, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has recognized the Hospital for clinical excellence in heart failure care, critical care, infection control and surveillance, patient safety and healthy food initiatives. The Hospital operates specialty centers for one-day surgery, cardiovascular and cancer care, emergency medicine, orthopedic joint services, family birthing, women’s imaging, sleep medicine, hospitalist (inpatient) medicine.

As a not-for-profit community servant, New Milford Hospital provides more than $20 million annually to area residents through charity care, government-sponsored programs, education, outreach and screening. For more information, call 1-800-350-1595.