Danbury Hospital, in conjunction with the Value Care Alliance hospitals, was awarded a $4.5 million grant by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to establish an accountable health communities model that will address health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. This is the only Connecticut-based group among 32 health systems across the nation to participate in the project.
Danbury Hospital is part of the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), which includes New Milford and Norwalk Hospitals. WCHN is a partner in the Value Care Alliance, a collaboration of Connecticut health care systems, along with Griffin, St. Vincent’s, and Middlesex hospitals. Dr. Robert J. Carr, WCHN’s vice president for clinical transformation, will lead the project.
“Health-related social needs, including hunger, homelessness and poverty, increase patients’ risk of developing chronic health conditions and limit their ability to adequately manage these conditions,” said Carr.