Leadership

Meet our leadership team

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John M. Murphy, MD

President and CEO
Full Bio

Dr. Murphy has more than 40 years of experience in healthcare management and medicine. He joined Western Connecticut Health Network when it was formed. He was president and CEO of Danbury Hospital when it reached an affiliation agreement with New Milford Hospital in 2010 to create Western Connecticut Health Network. Prior to taking on an administrative role, Dr. Murphy practiced neurology in the Danbury, Conn., area for 20 years. Dr. Murphy earned his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY and his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), now called Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He completed his residency in internal medicine and neurology at the UMDNJ Hospital system.

As Nuvance Health, we remain devoted to caring for our unique communities.

That is why our local, community-based leadership and separate boards of directors oversee each hospital.

  • Meet our executive leadership team
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    Jean Ahn

    Chief Strategy Officer
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    Kerry Eaton

    Chief Operating Officer
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    Catherine Frierson

    Chief Human Resources Officer
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    Christopher Lehrach, MD, MBA

    President, Medical Groups
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    Grace Linhard

    Chief Development Officer
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    Carolyn McKenna

    Chief Legal Counsel
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    Wayne McNulty, JD

    Chief Compliance Officer
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    Steve Meth

    Chief Experience Officer
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    Joann Petrini, PhD, MPH

    Vice President and the Bedoukian Endowed Chair for Innovation and Research
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    Steve Rosenberg

    Chief Financial Officer
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    Patricia Tietjen, MD

    Chief Medical Officer
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    Sharon Adams, RN

    President, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital
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    Peter Cordeau, RN

    President, Norwalk Hospital
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    Denise George, RN

    President, Northern Dutchess Hospital
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    Mark Hirko, MD

    President, Sharon Hospital
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    Peter Kelly

    President, Putnam Hospital
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    Joseph J. Mullany

    President, Vassar Brothers Medical Center
  • Meet our Nuvance Health Board of Directors

    The new organization’s board of directors includes diverse and equitable volunteer community representation: eight members were nominated by Health Quest and eight were nominated by WCHN.

    • Gregory Rakow (Board Chair)
    • Andrew Whittingham (Vice Chair)
    • David Cyganowski
    • Joseph DiVestea
    • Robert Dyson
    • Carla Gude
    • Mark Gudis
    • Richard Jabara
    • Steven Lant
    • Luke McGuinness
    • Mary Madden
    • Daniel McCarthy
    • Michael Nesheiwat, M.D.
    • Anne Roby
    • Syed Shahid, M.D.
    • Ervin Shames
    • John Murphy, M.D. (ex officio)

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