DANBURY, Conn. – Richard Gemming has joined the Western Connecticut Health Network as the new executive director of the Western Connecticut Medical Group and vice president of WCHN, which includes Danbury Hospital.
Gemming will report directly to the WCHN President and CEO Dr. John Murphy and the WCMG board of directors. WCHN includes Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital.
Gemming comes to WCHN from the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System, where he led strategy and development of the system’s primary and specialty care physician network. He developed and managed nine service lines, three joint ventures and numerous other significant health care acquisitions. During this time, Gemming served as a board trustee for Hudson Valley Hospital Center, New York Hospital Queens and Nyack Hospital.
“Western Connecticut Medical Group is a growing and thriving community of professionals dedicated to the idea of personal care without compromise. They are very focused on keeping the patient first, and I look forward to growing that patient-centered culture in our new work together,” said Gemming.
Before joining New York Presbyterian Healthcare System, Gemming was the chief operating officer of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapies at Columbia University. At Columbia, he developed HeartSource, a consultative service to six acute care hospitals and 10 other institutions across the nation.
“Richard has an excellent reputation for both his business acumen and clinical leadership in a variety of settings. There is no doubt that his unique combination of skills and experience will lead to improved patient experiences, increased physician satisfaction and great innovation especially in the primary care arena,” said Murphy.
Gemming received a bachelor’s degree in medicine from Long Island University and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.