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Moreen Donahue, DNP, RN, to be Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Friday, August 05, 2011 - Danbury, CT

Moreen Donahue, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer

Western Connecticut Health Network and the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) announce that Moreen Donahue, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at Western Connecticut Health Network is one of 142 nurse leaders in the nation and one of four from the state of Connecticut to be inducted as Fellows during the Academy’s 38th Annual Meeting and Conference set to take place on October 15, 2011 in Washington, D.C. According to the AAN, this is the largest class of inductees.

“Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN. “Academy Fellows are truly experts. The Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners.” “I congratulate all of these new Fellows,” said Gilliss, “and look forward to honoring their accomplishments in October 2011, when we will engage them in advancing health policy to improve the health of the nation.”

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care. Each nominee must be sponsored by two current Academy Fellows. The new Fellows are selected by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and health care delivery for the benefit of all Americans. New Fellows will be eligible to use the credential FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their October induction.

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About The American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing is made up of more than 1,600 nursing leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. Leadership positions held by Academy Fellows include university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; researchers and entrepreneurs; and practicing nurses. The American Academy of Nursing anticipates and tracks national and international trends in health care, while addressing resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy. The Academy’s mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

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.

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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. For more information, visit and share your comments with us at

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. For more information, visit and share your comments with us