Nuvance Health has held a virtual annual community forum this week about Danbury and New Milford Hospitals. The strategic plan calls for prioritizing improved patient access and digital health. Danbury Hospital is planning a “reimagined” cardiac catheterization lab. New Milford will get a new cardiac rehabilitation center.
Danbury and New Milford hospitals president Sharon Adams noted that Nuvance began offering a clinical trial for patients with early Parkinson’s disease and offers a program for COVID-19 patients who have lingering symptoms. The COVID patients get recommendations for symptom management or provide referrals for additional diagnostic testing and specialty care.
An update was also given on the merger that created Nuvance. Western Connecticut Health Network merged with three hospitals in New York and an independent monitor conducts a semi-annual review for the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy. All of the conditions of the merger agreement have been met. Nuvance recently notified the monitor about moving to a systemwide charity and indigent care policy.
The monitors plan to watch to ensure OB/GYN staffing is sufficient after Nuvance announced plans to close its labor and delivery unit at Sharon Hospital over the next several months.