Norwalk Hospital

A profile of hospitals – and the heads who make them hum – in Westchester and Fairfield counties and their environs.

Peter R. Cordeau, president

(part of Nuvance Health)

34 Maple St., Norwalk


What was your path to becoming a hospital president?

“I began my more than 30-year health-care career as a registered nurse before moving to hospital administration. I developed care management, operations, nursing leadership and service line management before becoming president of Norwalk Hospital. Prior to Norwalk Hospital, I held administrative roles at Sharon Hospital, which is also now a part of Nuvance Health. At Sharon Hospital, I was chief nursing officer, chief operating officer and CEO. As Norwalk Hospital’s president, I prioritize enhancing the patient experience, developing our workforce and achieving operational efficiencies. Connecting with our community partners is also a top priority and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a Norwalk Hospital Chamber of Commerce board member. Together, we can promote the health and safety of those we serve.”  

What makes Norwalk Hospital distinctive?

“Norwalk Hospital has been devoted to the communities we serve for nearly 129 years. Today, Norwalk Hospital is an acute care, academic hospital that offers patients the latest medical, surgical and wellness services. The hospital includes a level II trauma center, primary stroke center and joint replacement center of excellence. The caring staff at the C. Anthony & Jean Whittingham Cancer Center provides expert medical, radiation and surgical oncology to tens of thousands of patients every year. Patients also have access to navigators, therapists, social workers, dietitians, complementary medicine and support groups. Norwalk Hospital recently transformed heart and neuroendovascular care with a new biplane angiography system to diagnose and treat cardiovascular and neurological conditions, such as heart disease, brain aneurysms and stroke.  Norwalk Hospital regularly earns national cardiac and stroke recognitions from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. In addition, Norwalk Hospital has achieved thrombectomy-capable stroke center certification from The Joint Commission.”

What are Norwalk Hospital’s specialties?

“In addition to what makes Norwalk Hospital distinctive, we offer advanced cancer, cardiovascular and neurology and neurosurgery care through Nuvance Health’s Cancer Institute, Heart and Vascular Institute and Neuroscience Institute.”

Increasingly, hospitals are becoming part of health-care systems. What are the advantages of such networks? 

“Norwalk Hospital has greatly benefited from being part of Nuvance Health and in turn, so have our patients. For example, Norwalk Hospital has had adequate capacity and supplies and been able to care continuously for patients throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, because we are a part of a health system. At Nuvance Health, we share supplies, resources and skills and know-how of our colleagues throughout New York and Connecticut – all with the aim to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve and enhance access to excellent, affordable health care.”

What do you see in the future for Norwalk Hospital?

“Nuvance Health is investing $250 million in the Norwalk Hospital community over the next five years in order to transform the patient experience. Nuvance Health plans to construct a new 180,000-square-foot patient pavilion and renovate areas throughout the hospital. The pavilion will be equipped with advanced technology, modern facilities and state-of-the art intensive care and birthing and infant units and services. Norwalk Hospital will continue investing in new approaches to cancer, cardiovascular and neurological conditions that affect our communities so they have convenient access to the latest care.”

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