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New Milford Hospital Seeks Town Approval For Emergency Department Expansion

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - New Milford, CT

New New Milford Hospital Emergercy Department

Network Hospital Looks To Transform Emergency Care With A Major Investment

Taking another significant step to transform the health of our community by enhancing the services at New Milford Hospital, Western Connecticut Health Network updated New Milford Zoning officials Tuesday evening with exciting details of its proposed new Emergency Department.

"We're investing in a quality environment to continue our delivery of future-focused emergency medical care for our community," shared Deborah Weymouth, Network Senior Vice president and Executive Director of New Milford Hospital. "Generations of area residents have relied on New Milford Hospital and this is especially true in the Emergency Department, which serves more than 20,000 patients each year."

According to Weymouth, the new emergency space will be built into the neighboring hillside in a park-like setting to double its size to include private rooms, an environmentally friendly design and a rooftop garden. Designs for the planned addition will build on the patient-centered, high-tech and high-touch philosophy long in place at the hospital. Once completed, the Emergency Department will be named "The Arnhold Emergency Department" honoring a generous gift from the Arnhold Family recently dedicated to the project. "New Milford Hospital has a proud history of meeting our community's healthcare needs, and this project is an example of our commitment to good health for the residents of our region," Weymouth added. "We are very grateful to the Arnhold Family and all of our contributors, to date, who are investing with us to make this important, project a reality."

"This unprecedented Network investment will ensure that our facilities are aligned with our expertise and commitment to personalized care for our patients," said Network President and CEO, Dr. John Murphy. "We look forward to enhancing the hospital's ability to serve the community in New Milford and the surrounding region by providing a state of the art Emergency Department for the outstanding staff that we have in place. The generous gifts we have received to date are an overwhelming endorsement for our vision and work."

Investing In Our Future

While the project's clinical improvement is clear, New Milford will receive other direct benefits from the $10.8 million investment. The economic impact of a project of this magnitude brings new construction jobs, as well as spending at area gas stations, supply houses, restaurants and shops. Early estimates suggest this project could promote more than $15 million in economic impact for greater New Milford.

Patient-Centered Planning For Our Collective Future

For a physician, after long hours in tight quarters, the planned expansion is more than welcome. "This is such an exciting project for our hospital and our patients. We've simply outgrown our current space and this project will allow us to build an Emergency Department for future generations and transform how we provide that emergency care," said Dr. Tom Koobatian, Chief of Staff and Director of Emergency Medicine at New Milford Hospital. "Our ranking in patient satisfaction in the 95th percentile for hospitals across the United States is a testament to the care we provide."

As part of the Western Connecticut Health Network, New Milford Hospital continues to transform with additions to its physician staff and upgraded programs, infrastructure and technology since affiliating with Danbury Hospital in 2010. The planned construction will improve access to the Emergency Department and enhance important privacy and infection control measures. Among the 15 new treatment rooms, new specialty rooms include a dedicated pediatric treatment room to offer children and their families a more supportive environment. Additional private patient care rooms will include two critical care rooms, a surgical room, an OB-GYN room, a larger, more efficient triage room and a central nursing station for direct oversight and coordination of care.

"With new design, equipment and technology, the expanded Emergency Department will be optimally suited to provide the highest quality care and rapid response while ensuring privacy and personalized care for our patients," Weymouth said.

Many Project Benefits

  • Warm and welcoming environment offering the highest level of care and comforting patient amenities
  • Beautifully designed exterior facade for our neighbors that carries through the familiar stone and copper accents from the adjacent building
  • Improved Emergency Department facilities and high-performing equipment and advanced technology
  • All private single rooms in order to provide patients with personalized care and respectfully private space
  • Environmentally friendly green-design, technology and supplies
  • Easy access pointing clearly to emergency services in the critical moments when you need it
  • Improved appearance, lighting, access and parking
  • Local jobs and regional economic benefit

Patient Access Is Paramount and Continuous

The Hospital will remain fully operational throughout the approvals process and construction with no disruption to emergency, in-patient or out-patient services. The current main entrance will remain the same as will the entry for the ambulances and emergency vehicles.

Once construction is complete in 2014, the Emergency Department will be accessed by car from Elm Street, a much safer alternative than trying to navigate the busy intersection at Elm Street and Route 202.

Questions, Ideas and Donations Welcomed

The community is encouraged to call the hospital with questions or ideas at 860-210-5000 or by e-mailing Western Connecticut Health Network is conducting a capital campaign to meet patients' changing needs with next generation facilities, resources, talent, and technologies. Our priority areas are the Patient Tower, Emergency Department, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Danbury Hospital, the Emergency Department at New Milford Hospital, and the Biomedical Research Institute. To learn more, please call the Foundation office at (203) 739-7227 or visit us at

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, 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 joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders, weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, 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. Danbury Hospital was named a Top 100 Hospital by US News and World reports in 2012; a and a Top 100 for Value by Cleverly and Associates. New Milford Hospital is well known as a Planetree hospital and for its Plow to Plate, farm to table food program.

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