NORWALK, Conn. -- There will be a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed affiliation between Norwalk Hospital and the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN).
The state Office of Health Care Access will hold a hearing on the plan at 3 p.m. in the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East St., Norwalk.
After the hearing, the office has 60 days to make a decision on the proposed affiliation. That would occur in mid-November at the latest.
On July 15, the Certificate of Need Application of Norwalk Health Services Corp. and Western Connecticut Health Network Inc. to affiliate was deemed complete by the state.
The Western Connecticut Health Network operates Danbury and New Milford hospitals, and the affiliation agreement means a total of 784 beds among the three hospitals would be under the oversight of a single board of directors.
“Since we announced our exploration of this collaboration in April, we have spent nine months considering the benefits of working together to create a new picture of health for our communities in Western Connecticut,” said Dr. John Murphy, president and chief executive officer of WCHN, in a statement earlier this year when the proposal was announced. “We each bring strong legacies in not-for-profit, community-based care to our shared goal to be a beacon of quality care in an ever-changing health care landscape.”
For more information on the affiliation, visit the state website here.