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Northwell combines with Western Connecticut System

DANBURY — The health network that runs Danbury, Norwalk and New Milford hospitals is joining forces with a four-hospital group in New York to form a $2.4 billion medical system stretching from the Hudson River to the shores of Long Island Sound.

The merger of the Western Connecticut Health Network and Health Quest Systems, which is subject to approval by the states of Connecticut and New York and the Federal Trade Commission, would create a seven-hospital network serving 1.5 million people.

“You have two health networks of similar size coming together in a powerful way to provide more access and capacity for our residents and community members,” said Robert Friedberg, the president and CEO of Health Quest, told Hearst Connecticut Media. “This is a pretty dramatic change, because usually with a deal like this, the health networks are not equals, and you don’t have this sharing of perspective.”

The merger, described as a mutually beneficial deal that brings together 2,600 physicians and 12,000 employees, is designed to strengthen the networks’ position in western Connecticut and the lower Hudson Valley.

“We think that collectively we will be able to bring in services that we currently don’t have, such as neurosurgical procedures that require a high volume in order to attract physicians,” said Dr. John Murphy, president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network. “We might be able to bring in pediatric specialties and certain types of cancer treatments.”

Northwell Health working with Western Connecticut Health Network

Northwell Health and Western Connecticut Health Network have signed an agreement to jointly explore developing new clinical programs and services as well as sharing analytics.

As part of the deal, Northwell Health will provide the Danbury, Connecticut-based health care system with workforce development opportunities via its corporate university.

“This enables us to expand our footprint into western Connecticut and see where there might be areas where we can collaborate on clinical and non-clinical initiatives,” said Northwell spokesman Terry Lynam. “This helps us develop relationships with physicians in that region.”

Northwell has a small presence in Connecticut through Westchester Health Associates, a network of physicians and specialty practices it took over early last year. Westchester Health has more than 100 providers in 39 locations throughout Westchester and Putnam counties in New York and in Stamford, Connecticut.

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