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Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation Adds New Associate Board Member

Monday, September 10, 2012 - Danbury, CT

Agostinho J. Ribeiro, Esq.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation announces the election of Agostinho J. Ribeiro, Esq. of Danbury to the Foundation's Associate Board.

According to Grace Linhard, Executive Director and Vice President of WCHNF,the Foundation is delighted to have access to the breadth and depth of experience represented by its Board members, who understand and value the impact that philanthropy has on our organization. As we strive to increase philanthropic funds to ensure that Western Connecticut Health Network continues to bring our community the very best care for generations to come, we are honored to welcome Augie to the Board and look forward to his guidance and participation.

About Agostinho J. Ribeiro, Esq.

A Civil Trial lawyer, Attorney Agostinho Ribeiro serves as Managing Partner of Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith, a legal practice formed in 1991 where he has successfully represented and settled over 5,000 civil cases.In 2010 and 2011, Attorney Ribeiro was named to the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut" by the National Trial Lawyers Association and was elected by his peers to its Board of Governors. He is a member of the Leaders Forum, a select group of attorneys recognized by the American Association of Justice, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Group.

Born in New York City, Attorney Ribeiro opened a branch office in the World Trade Center in 1992 where he concentrated in Federal Court litigation. After September 11, 2001, Attorney Ribeiro and the law firm of Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith represented victims of the World Trade Center disaster pro bono and were nationally honored for their volunteer efforts in this regard.

He also is a founding member of the Portuguese Bar Association of Connecticut, and was one of the founders of the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury, where he served as its first President and is a sitting member of the Board of Trustees. Attorney Ribeiro also serves as a Commissioner on the Danbury Downtown City Center Commission and has been a strong advocate for downtown revitalization and unity.

About the Associate Board of the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation

The Associate Board of the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation assists the Board of the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, particularly with regard to fundraising, social events, educational programs and heightened awareness of and increased participation in the activities of Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Western Connecticut Health Network. In addition, the Associate Board is also a source of candidates for future Directors of the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation Board.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, Inc. mobilizes philanthropic support to benefit and advance the programs and services of Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Western Connecticut Health Network. The foundation helps to secure, manage, and distribute charitable gifts that support the mission of the hospitals and the network.

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.