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Western Connecticut Health Network Annual Ball Honors Community Leaders

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - Danbury, CT

Western Connecticut Health Network Ball

Affiliation Task Force To Receive Distinguished Service Award

Ten community leaders who were instrumental in the establishment of Western Connecticut Health Network will be honored at this year’s “Must-Attend” Benefit in Connecticut. On October 1, 2010, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and their affiliates joined to become Western Connecticut Health Network, the region’s premier health care system. The Affiliation Task Force was responsible for this successful integration and smooth transition into a network dedicated to patient-centered care, teaching and research.

The 2011 Distinguished Service Award recipients are:

  • Alphonse Altorelli, M.D. – New Milford, CT
  • Anthea Disney – Litchfield, CT
  • David Cyganowski –Bronxville, NY
  • Kenneth Hecken – New Preston, CT
  • Spencer Houldin – Roxbury, CT
  • Jay Lent – Newtown, CT
  • John Kline – Bethel, CT
  • John Martocci – Newtown, CT
  • James Preston – Litchfield, CT
  • Joseph Skrzypczak – Newtown, CT

This distinguished group of community leaders is comprised of a physician; current and retired corporate executives; and local entrepreneurs who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, and a commitment to the collaborative efforts that were required to bring this health network to fruition. “Our success as a fully integrated network can only be attributed to the dedication, time and expertise of the Affiliation Task Force. We owe a debt of gratitude to these exemplary community leaders,” said Dr. John Murphy, president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Ball, “An Evening in The Emerald City,” will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, CT. While this will be the first annual network gala, this popular, black-tie event – boasting an attendance of over 500 people in each of the past several years – has been hosted by Danbury Hospital for the past 52 years. The ball will benefit both Danbury and New Milford Hospitals.

Ball attendees will enjoy dining, dancing and entertainment. “An Evening at the Emerald City” begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 8:30 p.m. and dancing until midnight. Tickets to attend the ball are $250 per person. Patron, benefactor and other sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call the Foundation office in Danbury at (203) 739-7227 or in New Milford at (860) 350-7345.

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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