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Western Connecticut Health Network and Norwalk Hospital to Explore Affiliation

Thursday, April 05, 2012 - Danbury, CT

To advance their parallel missions "to provide uniquely excellent, innovative, and compassionate health care" and "to improve the health and well being of those we serve," Norwalk Hospital and the Western Connecticut Health Network will formally explore how they can partner to enhance health care services across a larger area of Fairfield County and beyond.

The two organizations will study the details of working together to improve community health by delivering coordinated, effective health care. Norwalk Hospital is a 328-bed facility; Western Connecticut Health Network includes Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital with a total of 456 beds. This work is expected to take several months before each organization’s Board decides on the future of the working relationship.

"We believe that, together, we can deliver the right care in the right place at the right time to our patients through an integrated network of facilities and resources," says John M. Murphy, M.D., President and CEO, Western Connecticut Health Network. "What excites us is how much we can accomplish as partners to provide a consistent and seamless patient experience across an expanded network of sites."

Dan DeBarba, President and CEO, Norwalk Hospital, agrees. "We can sustain an environment of continuous learning, discovery and innovation through medical education and research, engage our physicians to partner in these efforts as well as our patients and their families, and be responsible stewards of the community as we expand the area we serve."

Murphy and DeBarba will jointly lead the study that will include reviews of clinical, community and operational issues. "We will carefully explore what it can mean to connect two vibrant and financially healthy organizations that share common beliefs and values as well as a commitment to enhance health care services in this area," DeBarba says.

Members of the communities, patients, donors, clinicians and employees will be invited in the coming weeks to participate in discussions about the potential of the affiliation.

"As we explore our future, each organization remains committed to delivering the high quality care we provide today," Murphy says. "At each organization, people come to work each day with one thing in mind, to make this community a healthier place to live," DeBarba says.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premiere, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women’s health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive and joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.

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About Norwalk Hospital

Norwalk Hospital is an acute care general hospital, licensed for 328 beds, and serving an area population of 272,000 in Fairfield County and beyond. The hospital’s parent company is Norwalk Health Services Corporation and the affiliates, in addition to the hospital, include the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, Norwalk Hospital Physicians & Surgeons, S.W.C. Corporation and Maple Street Indemnity, Ltd. The mission of Norwalk Hospital is to provide uniquely excellent innovative and compassionate health care with exceptional outcomes. In addition to its inpatient services, Norwalk Hospital also offers a full range of outpatient services, including ambulatory surgery, gastroenterology procedures, cardiac and vascular services, wound care, oncology, adult and pediatric clinics, women’s services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology and a sleep laboratory. These outpatient services are presently located on or off the main campus. For more information about Norwalk Hospital, visit