January 23, 2013

Norwalk Hospital to join Western CT Health Network

Norwalk Hospital said it has signed a final agreement to affiliate with the Western Connecticut Health Network and will now move forward with the regulatory approval process.

Norwalk Hospital announced in April that it was in talks to join the Western Connecticut Health Network, which is made up of Danbury and New Milford hospitals and other smaller practices.

If state regulators approve the affiliation it would create a health network of 784 hospital beds.

"Since we announced our exploration of this collaboration in April, we have spent nine months considering the benefits of working together to create a new picture of health for our communities in Western Connecticut," says John M. Murphy, the president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network. "We each bring strong legacies in not-for-profit, community-based care to our shared goal to be a beacon of quality care in an ever-changing health care landscape."

With the signing of the final agreements, and pending regulatory approvals, transition planning will begin as the organizations prepare to finalize the affiliation later this year, officials said.

The new organization will be led by Murphy as president and CEO. Dan DeBarba will remain president and CEO of Norwalk Hospital and become the executive vice president of the Network.

Erv Shames, a current member of the Norwalk Hospital board of trustees, will lead the new board of directors.

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