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Donor Commits $10 million in support of new Patient Tower; Challenges Community to Join Philanthropic Effort

An architect's rendered version of the new tower building for Danbury HospitalInaugurating a new era of philanthropic giving, Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) and its Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital announced a $10 million commitment from a Danbury resident who is challenging the community to help WCHN meet its $50 million campaign goal. When that milestone is achieved, the donor will contribute another $20 million and reveal his name.

Explaining his rationale for the gift and challenge, the donor said, "Danbury Hospital provides my family and our region with world-class healthcare that rivals the best academic medical centers in America. It’s an organization that can serve as a national model for personalizing exceptional care in a cost-efficient manner. I hope that my donation and challenge inspire many others to make similar contributions to our community’s health."

Through its Imagine Build Transform campaign, WCHN is reimagining and expanding facilities to increase access to high quality care and ensure that it always responsive to patients’ needs. The campaign’s priorities include significant investments in facilities, research and technologies at Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and the WCHN Biomedical Research Institute.

"We are exceedingly grateful to this generous donor who has made the largest commitment in our history and wishes to inspire others to enhance healthcare in our community,” says Grace Linhard, Executive Director and Vice President of the WCHN Foundation. “Now, we need every grateful patient, business and community member to make a gift so we can realize our campaign goal. We only need $10 million more to meet this incredible challenge."

"With this donor’s generosity and creativity, we inaugurate a new era of philanthropy," says John M. Murphy, M.D., President and CEO, WCHN. "This enables us to continue to transform and improve our healthcare delivery system, a process that we began well before the Affordable Care Act was drafted. Thanks to our donors, we can continue to imagine new ways to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time."

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. As a University teaching organization, WCHN is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. WCHN offers a full continuum of care through its system of affiliated organizations that provide innovative preventative, primary and specialty care as well as home care.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation's fundraising campaign - Imagine Build Transform - is focusing on raising funds for a new Patient Tower, an expanded Emergency Department with Level II trauma designation, and an advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Danbury Hospital; as well as the Emergency Department at New Milford Hospital, and the Network's cutting edge Biomedical Research Institute.

For more information, visit WesternConnecticutHealthNetwork.org, DanburyHospital.org; NewMilfordHospital.org and share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital or Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital.

Date posted - 09/09/2013