Press Releases & Announcements

Hurricane Sandy Closures

Monday, October 29, 2012 - Danbury, CT

Forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Sandy will be a threat to Connecticut beginning today and for the next 36-48 hours. Governor Malloy announced this morning that all state highways will be closed beginning at 1pm today, Monday, October 29th, 2012 and until further notice.

As a result, Western Connecticut Health Network is cancelling all outpatient services throughout the region beginning today at 12noon and through end of day on Tuesday, October, 30, 2012. This includes all outpatient laboratory service centers and blood drawing stations, imaging and other outpatient testing, physician appointments at the Danbury Hospital Medical Arts Center and with all of the Western Connecticut Medical Group offices.

Patients with appointments on Wednesday and later this week are encouraged to call to reconfirm their appointments before leaving home.

Both Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital are fully operational. Hospital clinical staff are being asked to report to work as directed by their supervisors.

We'd like to reassure you that Western Connecticut Health Network, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital are carefully watching the storm track and are ready with contingency plans should we experience severe weather.

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offering the following preparedness tips:

Basic Emergency Supply Kit

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

Family Emergency Plan

  • Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you've listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to alert services. Many communities/states now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about severe weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc.
  • In Connecticut, go to the Conecticut Emergency Alerting and Notifications and Systems website to register for alerts.

For more information on Hurricane Preparedness in Connecticut , visit the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Helpful information can also be found at 2-1-1 of Connecticut

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 Medical Group, an integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise
  • Western Connecticut Home Care, an agency for home care and community health services
  • The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundations
  • Emergency medical and Level II trauma services
  • an occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry
  • a nationally renowned Biomedical Research Institute

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.