After our thorough strategic planning process, it was clear that Sharon Hospital would have to transform to remain a vibrant part of the community. Where possible, we included staff members in the decision-making process – the determination to move forward with the proposed PCU was made by a collaborative workgroup of clinicians from all levels.
Sharon Hospital leadership is dedicated to being fully transparent with our staff and community, and ultimately, we made the decision to let our community members know our potential plans as a recognition of this commitment – always with the reminder that both decisions are pending state approval.
We are fully cooperating with Connecticut’s Office of Health Strategy (OHS) in filing our Certificate of Need (CON) applications. The first step of the CON process requires hospitals to submit a public notice in the local paper. Once that notice has been published for three consecutive days, the hospital has 90 days to submit its CON application, and the application review process can take approximately one year. We therefore sought to notify staff and the community directly sufficiently in advance, to enable safe transition planning for providers and families in the community.