Press Releases & Announcements

Western Connecticut Medical Group Launches Diving Medicine Services in Ridgefield

Friday, September 07, 2012 - Danbury, CT

David Charash, DO, Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Danbury Hospital, will open a Diving Medicine practice beginning September 19 at the Ridgefield location of Western Connecticut Medical Group, 21 South Street. To schedule an appointment, call 203-438-6541. Services will focus on the comprehensive care of recreational, technical, scientific, public safety and commercial divers, and include:

  • Recreational diving clearance
  • Medical examination of divers
  • Medical consultations
  • Evaluation of the injured diver, and return to diving after diving injury or medical /surgical illness

Dr. Charash is board certified in emergency medicine, and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. He is a Certified Medical Fitness Diving Examiner, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) Diving Medicine Physician, and both an instructor and referral physician for Divers Alert Network. Over the past two years, Dr. Charash has developed a Diving Medicine Conference at Danbury Hospital that has attracted more than 380 local healthcare providers and community divers to improve awareness of the medical and safety requirements necessary for successful diving.

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.