CHH Welcomes New Board Members

Three area residents have been elected to the Board of Governors of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Edwin G. (Chip) Booth Jr., Frank R. Buonocore Jr. and Stephanie Fowler, M.D., were elected in December to serve two-year terms on the board.

John N.Lavieri, chairman of the Board of Governors, welcomed the recently elected members.

“We are fortunate to have such a rich combination of seasoned members, who have supported Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for decades, and new members, who bring fresh points-of-view, ideas and energy to bear in the governance of the institution,” he said.

Recently elected members are:

Edwin Booth Jr.

Edwin G. (Chip) Booth Jr.

Booth is vice president of operations and administration of Torrington Casting Company, Inc., a family-owned and operated business founded in 1920. He has 40 years of business experience in manufacturing and serves on several boards and finance committees in the area. He is chairman of the board of Torrington Savings Bank and serves on the boards of Torrington Water Company, Brooker Memorial, Inc., Hillside Cemetery and the Harwinton Board of Finance.

“I hope that my business and board experience will help with the challenges facing the hospital in the coming years,” said Booth. “My perspective as an employer who has dealt with the rising cost of health insurance also should be beneficial.”

Booth’s parents, Marjorie and the late Edwin Booth, and his grandparents, the late Ernest and Martha Booth, were long-time supporters of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

“They believed the hospital was an important community asset and supported it financially over the years,” said Booth. “I would like to see Charlotte Hungerford remain an independent hospital and continue to provide quality and affordable care to Litchfield County residents.”

A native of Torrington, Booth has lived in Harwinton for the past 26 years. He and his wife, Betsy, have two adult children, Elizabeth and Ned.

Frank Bunonocre Jr

Frank R. Buonocore Jr.

Buonocore is managing partner of Founders Insurance Group, Inc., of Torrington and Lakeville, an independent insurance agency with roots dating to 1874.

“The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital provides so many necessary services to the community,” he said. “I hope that by serving on the board, I can help to preserve these services and continue building on the hospital’s strengths as we tackle the challenges facing community hospitals in the coming decade.”

Buonocore said, “Volunteering is part of my DNA.” He serves on the boards of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and the Warner Theatre and previously served on the board of the Northwest Connecticut YMCA in Torrington.

“I believe it is a privilege to help the community,” he said. “Volunteering is part of being a good citizen.”

Buonocore hopes to use his strengths in marketing to help promote the hospital by “making the professionalism of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and its practicing physicians known to the general community.”

A native of Torrington, Buonocore is a resident of Harwinton. He and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of four children.

Stephanie Fowler MD

Stephanie K. Fowler, M.D.

Dr. Fowler is board certified in family practice. She earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her family practice residency at Shadyside Hospital, part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She formerly practiced in Bolton, Torrington, and Southbury.

“I really admire Charlotte Hungerford Hospital,” said Dr. Fowler. “I have found the hospital to be staffed by very talented individuals who use its resources to provide high quality care to patients. The hospital also works closely with area organizations to meet community needs. I think it is important for community hospitals to survive, and I want to be a part of making that happen.”

In addition to serving on the hospital’s Board of Governors, Dr. Fowler volunteers is a participant in the Torrington Early Childhood Collaborative, teaches health to low-income parents, and helps to educate students about being tobacco free through the national Tar Wars program.

Dr. Fowler is married to Michael S. Fowler, M.D., a cardiologist at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Residents of Torrington, the couple has two children, Amanda and Eric Booth, Buonocore and Dr. Fowler join the following members of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Board of Governors: Edward Arum, Gladys Cerruto, Richard Dutton, M.D., David J. Frauenhofer, Jamie Gregg, Nancy Sullivan Hodkoski, Kenrick Hom, M.D., John Janco,  John N. Lavieri, chairman, Diane Libby, CPA, James O’Leary, Michael Patterson, Charles W. Roraback and Andrew Szczepanski, M.D.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.

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