CHH and Hartford HealthCare explore affiliation

Torrington, CT — Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and Hartford HealthCare have taken the first step toward a formal affiliation.

The CHH Board of Governors signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding. Following a period of due diligence, the two organizations hope to prepare the details of a definitive agreement over the next several months.

If successful, CHH would become a member of Hartford HealthCare, which includes Hartford Hospital, Backus Hospital, the Hospital of Central Connecticut, MidState Medical Center, Natchaug Hospital, Windham Hospital and a wide spectrum of additional health services.

An affiliation would enable both organizations to share the knowledge and expertise of their staffs and physicians and give patients easier access to a wider range of services, technology and treatments. The strategic partnership would enhance CHH’s existing service line options and programs, improve care coordination, provide additional access points for care delivery, support the recruitment of skilled providers, assist with community benefit programming  and allowing for further infrastructure investments.

“Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is celebrating 100 years of caregiving this year, and we are very excited to begin our next century with Hartford HealthCare because they share our mission and vision to provide quality healthcare to the communities of northwest Connecticut,” said Dan McIntyre, president and executive director at CHH. “This partnership will help position our hospital to remain a financially viable healthcare resource and best accomplishes the affiliation criteria our Board of Governors set out to accomplish in 2014.”

Hartford HealthCare officials cited CHH’s tradition of providing high-quality care to the people of northwestern Connecticut as well as the organization’s robust partnerships with local agencies and groups.

“Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare both are values-driven organizations with a shared mission to create healthier communities,” said Elliot Joseph, president and chief executive officer of Hartford HealthCare. “We are eager to move ahead to form a partnership that will support and broaden the extraordinary work of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.”

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