New Milford Hospital and Danbury Hospital Finalize Affiliation
In September 2009, New Milford Hospital and Danbury Hospital announced their decision to begin formal discussion for a potential affiliation between the two hospitals. Both hospitals are committed to working together for the betterment of the community by exploring ways to create an integrated regional health care delivery system focused on providing the highest quality and most cost-effective care. In the current climate of economic uncertainty and reform, hospitals across the country are in conversations just like these to explore possibilities for improving the delivery of healthcare. Both Hospital President/CEOs signed the affiliation agreement on July 1, receiving regulatory approval to move forward with the plans in September 2010. The affiliation, forming a new health system known as Western Connecticut Health Network, officially began on October 1, 2010, which was the start of a new fiscal year for both hospitals.