WATERBURY – St. Mary’s Hospital celebrated its becoming part of Trinity Health and Trinity Health - New England by holding a Unity Celebration on Sept. 8.
The event at St. Mary’s Hospital featured readings and prayers that reflected multiple faith traditions and cultures symbolizing the rich history and diverse cultures represented in the Brass City, where Msgr. William J. Slocum chose to build the hospital more than 100 years ago.
“This is truly a monumental day in the history of St. Mary's,” said Chad W. Wable, president of St. Mary’s. “This celebration is about hope and resiliency, it’s about community, and it’s about people. It is our people, the St. Mary's Hospital family and now our broader Trinity Health family, that make this place and the work we do so special.”
Attendees included Dr. Richard J. Gilfillan, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Health; Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary; Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford; Archbishop Emeritus Henry J.. Mansell of Hartford; members of the board of directors; and physicians, nurses and staff.
St. Mary’s signed a definitive agreement to partner with Trinity Health – New England a year ago. On July 27, 2016, the state Department of Public Health's Office of Health Care Access approved the transaction. The transference of ownership to Trinity Health – New England also has received approval from the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Vatican.
“I am very pleased that this partnership with Trinity Health will not only ensure a bright future for St. Mary’s, which is such an integral part of the life and history of Waterbury and the surrounding community; it also preserves the hospital’s Catholic identity, so that in its service to people of all faiths and no faith, St. Mary’s will continue to respect the life and dignity of every person from conception until natural death in keeping with our cherished moral teachings, as so beautifully exemplified by Mother Teresa of Kolkata, now numbered among the saints,” said Archbishop Blair.
St. Mary’s is the fifth hospital to join Trinity Health - New England, a regional health ministry that includes St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs and Sisters of Providence Health System/Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and their subsidiaries.
“It is our mission at Trinity Health – New England to partner with high quality providers like St. Mary’s Hospital to provide everyone in the communities we serve with world-class care,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, Trinity Health – New England president and chief executive officer. “St. Mary’s complements our resources with a remarkable array of inpatient, outpatient and continuing care services, adding momentum to Trinity Health’s efforts to achieve the triple-aim objectives of improving population health, enhancing the patient-care experience and controlling costs –measures critical to the future care of the communities we serve.”
Trinity Health - New England was established in October 2015 and employs more than 10,000 colleagues, physicians and nurses in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.