New Milford Hospital At a Glance:
Not-for-profit, 85-bed hospital: As a not-for-profit, 85-bed, full-service, community hospital serving 80 communities in northern Fairfield and Litchfield counties in Connecticut, and Putnam and Dutchess counties in New York. NMH affiliated with Danbury Hospital in 2010 to form the Western Connecticut Health Network.
A Planetree Hospital: Joining the Planetree network of hospitals in 2008, NMH has renewed its emphasis on patient-centered care, committing its resources to help nurture every patient's body, mind and spirit.
Established 1921: NMH was established in 1921 and is well regarded for its acute care, cancer care, family birthing, emergency services, one-day surgery and sleep medicine.
High patient satisfaction rankings: NMH consistently generates patient satisfaction scores in the top 10 percent of hospitals across the U.S.
Firsts in cancer care: NMH's Regional Cancer Center was among the first in Connecticut to offer intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). In providing the latest, most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available today, the hospital also offers radiation therapy, Brachytherapy, high dose radiation (HDR), cancer genetic counseling, state-of the-art chemotherapy and the opportunity to participate in clinical trials for new cancer-fighting treatments. Latest figures show over 6,500 medical oncology visits and over 2,800 radiation therapy visits a year. In 2010, the Hospital made significant investments in upgrading its radiologic imaging capabilities with the installation of a 64-slice CT scanner with low-dose radiation exposure, a 1.5 Tesla MRI offering the most spacious machine on the market, and a new linear accelerator for advanced radiation therapy.
We baby you with family birthing: From private, home-style bedrooms to the broad medical expertise of a skilled, compassionate staff, everything at NMH's Family Birthing Center focuses on delivering outstanding care, the perfect place for mothers, babies and families to begin their new life together. Caring, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists with the expertise to perform every type of delivery are backed by a team of anesthesiologists, neonatologists, pediatricians and nurses who specialize in labor and delivery. The center also offers special touches like a breastfeeding resource room, sibling parties, massages for mother and child, and an elegant celebratory dinner.
Emergency experts: NMH's highly trained and experienced emergency medical professionals -- trained at nationally recognized trauma centers in the U.S.--sensitively and expertly treat life's big and little emergencies-from heart attacks to sprained ankles , almost 20,000 visits annually. The doctors and nurses bring years of expertise to patient care. They are supported by the newest technology in cardiac monitoring and life-saving equipment. Regardless of insurance coverage or the ability to pay, everyone is evaluated and treated.
Surgical services: Surgical advancements at New Milford Hospital means that most surgery does not require overnight hospitalization. NMH's One-Day Surgery Center offers a soothing, state-of-the-art environment for general and vascular surgery, orthopedics, spinal surgery, ophthalmology, urology, gynecology, endoscopy, cosmetic surgery, radiology, podiatry, and ear, nose and throat surgery. In addition to allowing the patient to recuperate at home, One-Day Surgery is often completed with smaller incisions, less pain and discomfort, and faster recovery. To minimize uncertainty and stress, case managers with special expertise sensitively prepare patients for what to expect.
Sleep medicine: NMH's Center for Sleep Medicine treats a growing number of patients for sleep disorders that commonly affect up to a third of the population and add an estimated $15.9 billion to U.S. health care bill. Sleep problems such as obstructive sleep apnea are associated with heart disease, high blood pressure and depression. Snoring --common in up to 50 percent of men and women who reach middle age -- is often damaging to relationships and could be an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea. Drowsiness induced by insomnia is considered a major cause of motor vehicle accidents. In four star, hotel-like bedrooms equipped with TVs and other amenities, the center offers home-like comforts for overnight sleep studies to measure breathing patterns, oxygen levels, heart rate and muscle tone. The test results give specialists the information they need to identify any condition of concern and prescribe a course of treatment.
Community benefits: New Milford Hospital contributes more than $20 million in in-kind services to more than 80,000 residents annually as part of its not-for-profit mission. These community benefits, serving individuals and families in need, included: traditional charity care, government-sponsored health care (Medicare/Medicaid shortfall); other public programs (bad debt, etc.), and community health improvement (professional education, subsidized health services, community building activities, outreach/screening).