Westport Residents Christian J. and Eva W. Trefz Make Major Gift to Norwalk Hospital

Western Connecticut Health Network

Norwalk Hospital has announced a $1 million gift from Westport residents Christian and Eva Trefz to support its new Christian J. and Eva W. Trefz Lobby and registration area, which serve as the main entryway to the Hospital’s new Anne P. and Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center.  A ribbon-cutting celebration for the new McGraw Center and Trefz Lobby is taking place on September 25.

"Access to expert and compassionate health care is critical for a strong and thriving community,” said Christian Trefz, vice chairman of the Trefz Corporation and owner of a number of McDonald’s restaurants in Connecticut. "With this gift to Norwalk Hospital, we are contributing to the well-being of our neighbors and ensuring that they feel welcome as soon as they step through the Hospital's doors."

The Christian J. and Eva W. Trefz Lobby features a spacious, light-filled atrium with comfortable seating and a modern patient registration area for the McGraw Center, which is expected to serve over 65,000 outpatients annually.

Christian Trefz, a member of the Norwalk Hospital Foundation board of directors, has received notable recognition for his commitment to community, including McDonald’s prestigious Golden Arch Award, which recognizes significant community involvement and business achievement.  Christian Trefz and his brother Ernest Trefz opened their first McDonald's restaurant in Waterbury, Conn. in 1964.

"We greatly appreciate Chris and Eva's gift, which will help Norwalk Hospital continue to meet Fairfield County's growing need for superior outpatient care," said Michael Daglio, president of Norwalk Hospital. "Our hospital and community will greatly benefit from their generosity."

About Norwalk Hospital

Norwalk Hospital is a progressive, patient-centered regional teaching hospital serving residents of south-western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The 328-bed acute care, not-for-profit hospital offers Cardiovascular, Cancer, Orthopedic, Neurologic and Digestive Disease care with advanced diagnostics, innovative therapies and state-of-the-art surgery. The hospital is supported by its very generous community through donations to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation.

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. The organization is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Norwalk Hospital, Danbury Hospital, and New Milford 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, Norwalk Hospital Foundation, and other affiliates. For more information, visit our websites: www.danburyhospital.org; www.newmilfordhospital.org; and www.norwalkhospital.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.