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Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital Announce Formal Partnership

Friday, October 01, 2010 - Danbury, CT

New Milford Hospital, Danbury HospitalJohn M. Murphy, M.D. President and CEO of Danbury Hospital and Richard J. Henley FACHE, FHFMA, Interim President and CEO of New Milford Hospital signed the final official agreement today that joins the two hospitals under one corporate entity, Western Connecticut Healthcare.

After more than a year of comprehensive review and planning and receiving regulatory approvals, the vision for this affiliation will become official on Friday, October 1, 2010.

Danbury and New Milford Hospitals Share Common Vision

The affiliation allows the two hospitals to retain their separate licenses and boards, but will promote collaboration and efficiencies through a shared vision. Careful attention will be paid to providing innovative and accessible quality healthcare through an integrated network for residents of western CT and adjacent NY State. John Murphy, M.D. President and CEO at Danbury Hospital and soon to be President and CEO of Western Connecticut Healthcare, said “This is an incredible opportunity for our hospitals but also our community. Our collective capacity will be strengthened with new resources enabling us to take a proactive and cost-effective approach to healthcare reform and will allow us to continue to raise the bar in providing even a higher level of patient care for the residents in our region.”

Richard J. Henley, FACHE, FHFMA, Interim President and CEO, New Milford Hospital, said, “We are most gratified by the encouragement and support we have received from the community, our patients, physicians, nurses and employees. We look forward to working together to build the best regional healthcare destination for patients.”

What will it look like?

  • Two hospitals with a shared vision
  • Collaborative medical staff with cross privilege opportunities
  • Core clinical services at each facility
  • Seamless patient-centered care
  • Shared resources and greater access to new technology

Benefits of the affiliation

  • High quality care close to home
  • Uniformly high standards of care and higher patient satisfaction
  • Improved access through a larger region and pool of physicians and resources
  • Improved operating performance
  • Improved access to capital

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, visit or call 1-800-350-1595.

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