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Published on September 08, 2016

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Fiona Phelan Jennifer Clement
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Event highlights hospital’s Catholic heritage and history while looking to its future

 (WATERBURY, Conn. – Sept. 8, 2016) – Saint Mary’s Hospital today celebrated becoming part of Trinity Health and Trinity Health - New England by holding a Unity Celebration.

Held in the Saint Mary’s Hospital Auditorium, the event featured readings and prayers that reflected multiple faith traditions and cultures symbolizing the rich history and diverse cultures represented in the Brass City, where The Right Reverend Monsignor William J. Slocum chose to site the hospital more than 100 years ago.

“This is truly a monumental day in the history of Saint Mary's,” said Chad W. Wable, president of Saint Mary’s. “This celebration is about hope and resiliency, it’s about community, and it’s about people. It is our people, the Saint Mary's Hospital family and now our broader Trinity Health family, that make this place and the work we do so special.”

The event was attended by Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Trinity Health, the honorable Neil M. O’Leary, mayor of the city of Waterbury, The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., Archbishop of Hartford, the leadership of Saint Mary’s Hospital and Trinity Health - New England, members of the board of directors, physicians, nurses and staff.

Saint 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 has also 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 Saint 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 it in its service to people of all faiths and no faith, Saint 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 Calcutta, now numbered among the saints,” said Archbishop Blair.

Saint Mary’s is the fifth hospital to join Trinity Health - New England, a regional health ministry that includes Saint 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, Massachusetts, and their subsidiaries.

“It is our Mission at Trinity Health – New England to partner with high quality providers like Saint Mary’s Hospital to provide everyone in the communities we serve with world class care,” said Trinity Health – New England President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher M. Dadlez. “Saint 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. Each local part of the region works to maintain momentum around Trinity Health – New England's work improving population health, enhancing the patient care experience and controlling costs.

"We are pleased to welcome Saint Mary's into the Trinity Health system," said Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., president and CEO of Trinity Health. "Saint Mary's shares our Mission and values, along with our commitment to people-centered care – in New England and the rest of the country."

Last year, Trinity Health – New England became a member of Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Trinity Health serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations, including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities, which provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.

About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Hospital is a Catholic, not-for-profit, acute care, community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury since 1909 and is now a member of Trinity Health – New England. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The hospital’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Visit for more information and follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT, Instagram andTwitter at @SaintMarysCT.

About Trinity Health - New England

Trinity Health - New England is an integrated nonprofit health care delivery system formed in 2015 and is a member of Trinity Health located in Livonia, MI, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Trinity Health - New England is comprised of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut; Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Hospital, and Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services in Stafford Springs, Connecticut; Saint Mary’s Health System in Waterbury, Connecticut;  and The Sisters of Providence Health System, which includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts; Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts; Brightside for Families and Children; and Mercy Continuing Care Network that includes Mercy Homecare, Mercy Hospice and Mercy LIFE.

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