June 8, 2010         

David Griffin Elected as Chairman of Waterbury Health Network Board and Waterbury Hospital Board of Trustees

WATERBURY Ė David W. Griffin, principal attorney at Griffin, Griffin & Mayo P.C. in Waterbury, has been elected as the Chairman of Waterbury Hospitalís two oversight boards, the Greater Waterbury Health Network Board and the Waterbury Hospital Board of Trustees. 

Whereas in previous years the individual boards were made up of separate officers and directors, members of the Health Network Board voted during an annual meeting last month to have both boards governed by the same slate of officers and directors. 

Frederick L. Luedke, the outgoing Chairman of the Health Network Board, said the decision to merge the two slates was made for several reasons, mostly due to efficiency considerations. He said the shared slate will reduce the number of meetings that need to be attended by members of both boards while also reducing the amount of preparation required of hospital staff. The decision will also conform more with standard business best practices by allowing all Health Network directors to be elected by the membership, Luedke said. 

Griffin, who had been Chairman of the Board of Trustees before being elected Chairman of both boards last week, praised Luedke for his years of service to the Waterbury Hospital community, adding that Luedke will continue to play a vital role in the hospitalís future by remaining on both Boards and several of the Health Network Boardís important committees.  

Besides Griffin, the slate of officers elected to serve on both boards in the year ahead included Vice Chairman Carl D. Contadini; Secretary John A. Kelly, Jr.; and Treasurer/President John H. Tobin, who is the President of the Health Network and President/CEO of Waterbury Hospital. 

Tobin last month announced that he plans to retire after serving nearly a quarter century as Waterbury Hospitalís top executive. A search committee, chaired by Griffin, has been selected to oversee the search process for Tobinís replacement, and Griffin said the process should last through the summer into the fall.

Waterbury Hospital is the largest private employer in the Greater Waterbury region, and serves a vital role in the economic vitality of Western Connecticut. It is a private, non-profit acute care teaching hospital licensed for 367 beds and affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Connecticut Childrenís Medical Center. Founded in 1890 as Waterburyís first and Connecticutís fourth hospital, Waterbury Hospital is a full-service community health-care institution with centers of excellence in primary care, cardiac services, behavioral health and orthopaedics.