Commencement Speaker - John Murphy M.D.
President and CEO, Western Connecticut Health Network
Dr. John Murphy, a board-certified neurologist, has served as president and chief executive officer of the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) since its founding in 2010. Murphy joined the administration of Danbury Hospital as executive vice president in 2008, and in July 2010 became the first physician to serve as the hospital’s president and CEO. He assumed his current position when Danbury Hospital reached an affiliation agreement with New Milford Hospital in October 2010 to form WCHN, which expanded recently to establish an affiliation with Norwalk Hospital following state regulatory approval this January. WCHN defines its mission as promoting the health and well-being of the communities it serves by creating a regional system that improves access to primary and specialty care, strengthens clinical programs, and expands its breadth of available services to ensure delivery of “timely, convenient and appropriate care for each and every patient.”
As WCHN president and CEO, Murphy’s responsibilities range from strategic planning and establishment of organizational goals to management of growth and financial performance of health care services. His position requires close collaboration with physician and nursing leadership at Danbury, New Milford and Norwalk hospitals to ensure that the network’s operational management supports mission objectives including quality care, patient safety and service excellence. Western Connecticut State University recognized Murphy for his exemplary leadership and innovation in health care administration as the recipient of the university’s 2011 Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine Deno” Macricostas and his wife Marie.
A native of New Jersey and recipient of a bachelor’s degree in biology at Fordham University, Murphy began his medical studies at Rutgers Medical School and gained election to the American Osteopathic Association, the national medical honor society. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and his residency in neurology at the New Jersey Medical School, where he also served as chief resident.
After moving to Danbury in 1989, Murphy entered professional practice in clinical neurology as a member of Associated Neurologists in Danbury, and also has been active in clinical research and medical education. He served for two decades on the medical staff of Danbury Hospital, and for three years as president of the medical staff. He was a member of the hospital’s board of directors for 15 years, and served as board chairman for four years. Murphy has received numerous professional honors, including frequent citations in regional and national “Best Doctor” listings for his field and his selection to receive the Melville G. Magida Award presented by the Fairfield County Medical Association. He currently resides in Newtown with his wife Nancy and their four children.