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Norwalk Hospital Board Shifts

Diane Allison of Westport will serve as the new chairman of the Norwalk Hospital Board of Trustees. She replaces Ervin Shames, who completed his term as chairman but remains on the Norwalk Hospital Board of Trustees and the Norwalk Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

The hospital has also announced the appointment of several new members to the Norwalk Hospital Board of Trustees and Norwalk Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

Allison joined the board in 2003, serving as vice chairman since 2009 and as a member of several board committees, including finance, audit/corporate compliance and quality. "Diane is a long-standing and valued member of the Board of Trustees. It's an honor to be working with Diane as we continue to broaden our array of high quality, healthcare services," Dan DeBarba, president and CEO of Norwalk Hospital, said in a statement.

Allison is a partner at Gunn, Godfrey & Allison in Westport. "I'm grateful for the confidence the board has placed in me and excited by the tremendous opportunity to help guide Norwalk Hospital to reach its full potential," Allison said in a statement.

Additional appointments include:

Norwalk Hospital, Board of Trustees

• Thomas Ayoub, M.D., New Canaan, Chief of Medical Staff at Norwalk Hospital, Women's Healthcare of New England

• George P. Bauer, Wilton, Chairman and CEO of GPB Group Ltd.

• Maria Borges-Lopez, Norwalk, Comptroller and Human Resources Director, Equilease Financial Services Inc.

• Paul Gagne, M.D. Darien, Assistant Chief of Medical Staff, Norwalk Hospital, Southern Connecticut Vascular Center

• Mark Gudis, Westport, Managing Director & Group Head at SAC Capital Advisors L.P.

• Edward A. Kangas, New Canaan, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board at Tenet Healthcare Corp., retired chairman and CEO at Deloitte

• Edward Mahony, Fairfield, executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Perdue Pharma L.P.

Norwalk Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors

• Carol Asness, Westport, leader in business and health-care education

• Len DiNardo, Norwalk, commercial real estate developer and property manager at Peter DiNardo Enterprises

• MaryGrace Gudis, Westport, former manager of public information and secretary to the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

• Peter Thorner, Westport, internationally recognized business strategist, former chairman and CEO of Bradlees

• Christian Trefz, Westport, co-owner of the Trefz Family McDonald's Restaurants operating 43 restaurants in New York and Connecticut

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