An Historic Evening for Danbury Hospital: New Pavilion Unveiled
Hospital Reveals Major Donor and Showcases State-of-the-Art Facilities
At an historic ribbon-cutting celebration today, Danbury Hospital opened the doors to its largest construction project in its 129-year history: an 11-story, state-of-the-art pavilion named for Dr. Peter Buck and his late wife, Carmen Lúcia, who announced the donation of a record-setting $30 million.
Dr. Buck pledged $10 million to the hospital for construction of the Patient Tower in September 2013 with a unique challenge: He requested that his name be withheld as he also committed to an unrestricted gift of $20 million more – if the hospital could meet its $50 million campaign goal. By challenging community members to contribute after his initial donation, Dr. Buck hoped to inspire others to help advance access to exceptional healthcare in the region. To meet his challenge, over 2,600 additional donations were made in amounts ranging from $3 to multiple donors of $1 million or more. In total, nearly 8,000 donors contributed to raising over $71 million for the WCHN fundraising campaign.
Dr. Buck, a Danbury resident who co-founded the world’s largest restaurant chain, SUBWAY, expressed his sincere appreciation for the superior care he and his family have received at Danbury Hospital over the years, and his desire to help provide our region with world-class health care that rivals the best academic medical centers in the country.
"As healthcare funding declines and the industry faces unprecedented financial challenges, innovation and advancements in patient care are more dependent than ever on philanthropic donations," according to Dr. John Murphy, President and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network. "In a very difficult economic climate, we’ve had very generous donors who recognize the importance of having a top-quality healthcare network to serve our region. With state funding reduced, reimbursements declining, and other sources of revenue shrinking, we rely on the generosity of our donors to help us fulfill our mission: to improve the health and wellness of the communities we serve. I can’t think of a more worthy investment than health."
Tonight's events kick off with the unveiling of the pavilion’s name and ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by Dr. Buck. Invited guests will include donors, community and local government leaders, including US Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Department of Public Health Deputy Commissioner Lisa Davis. The evening ends with a fireworks show that can be enjoyed by the surrounding community.
Inside the New Pavilion and Emergency Department
Philanthropists and individual donors have played an important role in helping WCHN fund the necessary construction and renovations to improve patient care and acquire life-saving technology:
- The new 316,000 square foot Peter and Carmen Lúcia Buck Pavilion at Danbury Hospital includes a 35-bed medical/surgical patient-care floor, a 30-bed state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit, patient amenities and other improvements.
- Private patient rooms that are larger to accommodate family members who wish to spend the night with the patient.
- A modern, comfortable, welcoming lobby and improved, connected parking facility.
- The new Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Emergency Department, is a 40,000 square foot Emergency Department (ED). Double the size of the former ED, it includes major upgrades: a new, streamlined triage area; innovative systems for quickly assessing patient needs; all private patient rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
- In the new ED, there is a special express care area for less acute patients, a dedicated imaging center so patients can be diagnosed and treated more rapidly, a specialized pediatric unit and a direct-access heliport to expand the Hospital's capacities as a Level II Trauma Center.
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. With this recent affiliation, the organization is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates. For more information, visit TheNewWCHN.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.