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Danbury Hospital Launches First Patient/Family Advisory Council

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - Danbury, CT

Patient/Family Advisory Council

Twenty people came together in early September after months of preparation to form Danbury Hospital's first Patient/Family Advisory Council. Council members will help identify the needs and priorities of patients and their families in conjunction with Hospital professionals to strengthen communication among patients, families, physicians and staff. The Council will also provide input to Hospital leadership in planning and evaluating services, programs, policies and new facilities.

The Danbury Hospital Patient/Family Advisory Council consists of a combination of 10 staff leaders from throughout Western Connecticut Health Network representing various services, and 10 community members round out the group. The Council, which meets monthly, identified their areas of educational interest during the introductory session which was kicked off by John Murphy, MD, President and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

Danbury Hospital Patient/Family Advisory Council meetings will focus on several key areas, including an educational section whereby a portion of time is allocated for Council members to provide their opinions relative to a concept, material, and the patient experience. To learn more about the Danbury Hospital Patient/Family Advisory Council, please call 1-800-516-4743.

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.

Photo IDs - Danbury Hospital's first Patient/Family Advisory Council:

Pictured from Left to Right:

Front Row: Rick Rigling, Leslie Ann Tewes, Margaret Zappolo, Barbara Carlo, Pat Gotimer, Mary Zajc, Linda McGrory, Peter Van Buskirk, Brendan McCollam.

Back Row: left to right: Ray Bennett, Arlene Hoeppner, Kelli Stock, Jim Russell, Dr. Jeet Sandhu, Dawn Myles, Dr. Aparna Oltikar, Sheila Mortara, Geoff Moss.

Unavailable for photo: Terri Champagne, Deb Carragher, Kerri Glass, Liz Goldstone.




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