Windham Hospital Corporators vote to affiliate with Hartford Healthcare
WILLIMANTIC, CT- June 19, 2008. At a special meeting of the Corporators of the Windham Community Memorial Hospital, Inc. on June 19, 2008, the body voted to approve an integration agreement with Hartford Healthcare Corporation, the parent organization of Hartford Hospital. Earlier this spring, the Hartford Healthcare Board, the Windham Hospital Board, and the Hatch Hospital Corporation Board each unanimously approved the integration. The principles and benefits of an affiliation have been discussed in forums and meetings for over a year, and under the new relationship, Hartford Healthcare Corporation will retain certain reserve powers with the Corporators serving as the Hospital’s major advisory entity. The Corporators will retain central functions such as serving on Board committees, holding an annual meeting, accepting audit and annual reports and acting as ambassadors of the Hospital in their communities. Windham Hospital will retain its individual license and carry on its businesses consistent with past practices, while preserving its goodwill in the community and the personalized care that people have come to rely on.
New By-laws and the Certificate of Incorporation were also approved to allow the new governance structure to be implemented. Improvement of operational effectiveness, joint planning and new ventures and other system affiliation benefits were discussed among Corporators, Board members, Administration representatives, and leaders of the Hartford Healthcare Corporation. Newly appointed President and CEO of Hartford Hospital, Elliot Joseph, who has recently assumed the leadership of the system board, Hartford Healthcare Corporation, was in attendance at the meeting. Mr. Joseph praised the Corporators for the vision and courage it took to look into the future and realize that forging a relationship with HHC was the right thing to do, at the right time. “Windham will preserve and strengthen its ability to meet the current and future needs of its community,” he said. “We look forward to working collaboratively to achieve our mutual goals.”
Board chairman, Arthur Brodeur presided over the meeting and commented, ”The Board of Windham Hospital contends that by becoming part of a hospital system we will enhance our competitive position by assuring that our patients receive the best, most up-to-date technology and services. By aligning ourselves with an excellent tertiary provider, such as Hartford Hospital, we will receive financial, clinical and operating benefits that cannot be achieved as a stand alone community hospital.”
Dick Brvenik, President and CEO added, “This relationship will help assure that patients throughout our region can be optimally served for years to come; that is the most compelling reason to move forward.”