About WCHN

Comprised of three hospitals, Danbury, Norwalk and New Milford, Western Connecticut Medical Group, and Western Connecticut Home Care, we are a healthcare network that’s built for the people we serve. We take care to put the patient at the center. We take pride in not only treating the sick, but also in keeping you well. We are Western Connecticut Health Network. And we know you well.


Our mission is to improve the health of every person we serve through the efficient delivery of excellent, innovative and compassionate care.

Vision 2020

Western Connecticut Health Network will be the preferred partner in health and provider of care for the communities we serve and will be among the most respected community healthcare systems in the nation.


Our values reflect who we are as an organization. They provide clear guidance as to behavior expectations and motivate us by promoting a sense of belonging and pride. We are all accountable for living up to and demonstrating these values in our day-to-day actions:

  • Excellence: We deliver the highest quality of care and service and surpass established standards through a continuous focus on improvement, innovation and education.
  • Integrity: We approach our work with the highest standards of openness, honesty and ethical behavior, with freedom from any inappropriate influence or motive.
  • Compassion: We serve others with empathy and a desire to alleviate their suffering while honoring each individual’s dignity and privacy.
  • Teamwork: We work together in a cooperative, coordinated and supportive environment that places the team’s or organization’s goals ahead of individual goals.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: We achieve our mission through efficient and effective use of our resources and personal accountability for ensuring financial integrity and performance.

Beds: 822, including 64 bassinets
Employees: 4,009
Medical Staff: 983 physicians, 321 Allied Health professionals
ED Cases: 118,202
Inpatient Discharges: 33,265
Outpatient Cases: 664,809
Total Surgeries: 24,398
Newborn Births: 3,149
Community Benefit: $229 million 

*As of September 30, 2017

Both audited statements and tax returns for Western Connecticut Health Network and its affiliates can be requested from Mary Jo Pawlak at 203-739-8110 or Maryjo.Pawlak@wchn.org

Executive Leadership

John M. Murphy, MD
Chief Executive Officer 

Jean Ahn
Jean Ahn
Chief Strategy Officer

Kerry Eaton
Chief Operating Officer 

Catherine Frierson
Chief Human Resources Officer 

Geoffry Hook, Chief Information Officer, Nuvance Health
Geoff Hook
Chief Information Officer

Christopher Lehrach
Christopher Lehrach, MD, MBA
President, Medical Groups

Grace Linhard
Chief Development Officer 

Carolyn McKenna
Carolyn McKenna
Chief Legal Counsel 

Wayne McNulty, JD
Chief Compliance Officer

Stephen Meth
Steve Meth
Chief Experience Officer

Joann Petrini
Joann Petrini, PhD, MPH
Vice President and Bedoukian Endowed Chair, Innovation and Research

Steve Rosenberg
Chief Financial Officer

Patricia Tietjen
Patricia Tietjen, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Hospital Presidents

Sharon Adams, RN
President, Danbury & New Milford Hospitals

Peter Cordeau, RN
President, Norwalk Hospital

Denise George
Denise George, RN
President, Northern Dutchess Hospital

Mark Hirko
Mark Hirko, MD, FACS
President, Putnam Hospital, Sharon Hospital

Peter Kelly
Peter Kelly
President, Vassar Brothers Medical Center 

Western Connecticut Health Network


  • George Bauer
  • David Cyganowski
  • Anthea Disney
  • Mark Gudis
  • Spencer Houldin
  • Richard Jabara
  • Edward Mahony, Secretary
  • Dan McCarthy, Vice Chair
  • John Murphy, MD, ex officio*
  • Anne Roby
  • Javid Shahid, MD
  • Ervin Shames
  • Andrew Whittingham, Chair


  • Sharon Adams
  • Richard Freeman, MD
  • Carolyn McKenna
  • Steven Rosenberg, Treasurer

*as of September 2018

In accordance with the Agreed Settlement conditions set forth by the State of Connecticut under the transfer of ownership to Nuvance Health in April 2019, Western Connecticut Health Network provides the following information to the community:

Community Benefit

At Western Connecticut Health Network, we are not only your caregivers, we are your neighbors, friends and family. As part of our commitment to the health of those we serve, we spend time in the community promoting healthy living and disease prevention through screenings, wellness classes and support programs hosted throughout the region. Working together, we are creating a healthier community by empowering residents to take charge of their health.   

As a non-profit community hospital, we are also committed to treat everyone who turns to us for care, regardless of their ability to pay. In fiscal year 2015, Western Connecticut Health Network provided the following in community benefit, charity care and financial assistance:

Community Benefit: $215,077,914

Financial Assistance: $171,130,858

In 2010, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and their Affiliates joined forces to create Western Connecticut Health Network. Affiliates include Western Connecticut Medical Group – a large, multi-specialty physician group; Western Connecticut Home Care which offers services to community members requiring help after hospitalization or to manage chronic disease and Corporate Health Care which offers occupational health services to businesses large and small throughout the region.  

In 2014, Western Connecticut Health Network expanded to include Norwalk Hospital and its Affiliates. What originally brought us together keeps us together today – similar histories and missions, strong community ties and a shared belief in the importance of not-for-profit health care. We are committed to quality care for the communities we serve and proudly call home. We understand the integral relationships between each local hospital and its community and leverage the breadth and depth of our Network to drive growth and sustainability.

Working together, we are navigating through a rather challenging environment – healthcare reform, unprecedented state budget cuts and increased competition. Our affiliation gives us strength and stability in a time of great change in healthcare. Combining resources allows us to collectively invest in new facilities, advanced technology and superior talent. We share best practices across the Network, allowing us to expand our capabilities while improving quality, patient outcomes and operational performance.

Our Network:

Working for Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), comprised of Danbury Hospital; New Milford Hospital; Norwalk Hospital; Western Connecticut Medical Group; and Western Connecticut Home Care, you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of other people. At the same time, you will grow your own skills and expertise - while simultaneously being well rewarded for doing so. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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