Sharon Adams, president
(part of Danbury Hospital and Nuvance Health)
21 Elm St., New Milford
What was your path to becoming a hospital president?
“I started my career as a registered nurse before transitioning to hospital administration. I have held various roles, including vice president of patient care and chief nursing and quality officer at Mercy Medical Center in Massachusetts, and vice president and chief nursing officer of Western Connecticut Health Network before we formed Nuvance Health. Each of Nuvance Health’s hospitals is committed to caring for our unique communities. That is why local, community-based leadership and separate boards of directors oversee each hospital. I am proud to serve as president of Danbury Hospital and its New Milford Hospital campus. Patient care, quality outcomes, operational efficiencies and developing and supporting staff and community partnerships are my top priorities.”
What makes New Milford Hospital distinctive?
“Most people who are familiar with New Milford Hospital will say that its size is what makes it distinctive. New Milford Hospital is one of the smallest hospitals in the Nuvance Health system, but it is mighty – from the Arnhold Emergency Department to inpatient care and the Diebold Cancer Center. The intimate hospital is a place where everyone knows each other’s name and where patients, visitors, staff and community members alike enjoy Plow to Plate meals in the quaint café.”
What are New Milford Hospital’s specialties?
“A Nuvance Health Medical Practices Primary Care office is located directly in the hospital, which offers patients convenient access to primary care and hospital-based services such as New Milford Hospital Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, where board-certified radiologists interpret all images. New Milford Hospital recently opened a new multispecialty unit that includes cardiovascular, gastroenterology, general surgery and pulmonology services. At the Diebold Cancer Center, you can find everything from chemotherapy and immunotherapy to radiation therapy and support services.”
Increasingly, hospitals are becoming part of health-care systems. What are the advantages of such networks?
“New Milford Hospital is able to share resources, supplies and talent with its sister hospitals and Nuvance Health Medical Practices. Being part of a health system greatly benefited patients during the pandemic, because Nuvance Health was able to keep New Milford Hospital a Covid-19 free facility.”
What do you see in the future for New Milford Hospital?
“New Milford Hospital has been an icon in the community for 100 years and will continue evolving to meet the needs of the communities it serves. This includes employing strategies for prevention and wellness to keep our communities healthy.”
For more, visit nuvancehealth.org/locations/new-milford-hospital.