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New Milford Hospital Forms Department of Spiritual Care

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - New Milford, CT

New Milford Hospital recently announced the formation of a Department of Spiritual Care and appointed the Rev. Dr. Paul E. Beavers as the Director. This service is instrumental in maintaining the hospital’s commitment to the Planetree healthcare model.

In his new role Rev. Dr. Beavers will be assisting the hospital staff in managing the stresses of day-to-day interactions and support patients and their families through difficult and life-changing illnesses. He is also engaging clergy throughout the region to communicate services and systems available at New Milford Hospital, and to have a better understanding of the potential community needs that the hospital may be in a position to support.

The Planetree model promotes the development and implementation of innovative models of healthcare that focus on healing and nurturing body, mind and spirit. “This model is utilized by many hospitals internationally and served as a catalyst for our more identifiable focus on spiritual care here at New Milford Hospital,” according to Deborah Weymouth, Executive Director and Senior Vice President at New Milford Hospital. Deborah noted, “We recognize that for many of our patients spiritual care can be an important component of the healing process.”

For more information on the services at the New Milford Hospital visit our website at or call 1-800-350-1595.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is a patient-centered health care organization established in 2010 by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and their affiliated organizations, to provide the highest level of care to patients throughout Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. In addition to the two hospitals, other network affiliates include:

• an integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise

• an agency for home care and community health services

• a full-service retail pharmacy located at Danbury Hospital

• emergency medical services

• an occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in Women’s, neonatal, cardiovascular and cancer services; weight loss and orthopedic surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns. For more information, visit

About New Milford Hospital

New Milford Hospital is a Planetree organization dedicated to patient-centered care that nurtures every patient's body, mind and spirit. The Hospital has an extraordinary tradition of warm and caring personal attention backed by top-notch physicians, world-class technology and the newest, most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. Your healthcare team of highly trained physicians, nurses, technicians and administrators is determined and committed to improving the health and quality of life of those we serve.

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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 Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital is nationally recognized as a tertiary health care center with an innovative high-tech, high-touch environment and is also a member of the Planetree organization. In addition to offering the latest robotic and minimally invasive surgical and imaging technology, it was the first hospital in Connecticut to adopt electronic health records systems. It offers a Level II Trauma Center and Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve as faculty members of the nation’s finest university medical centers offering a higher level of experience.

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