Dr. Joseph Frolkis resigns as preside...

Dr. Joseph Frolkis resigns as president and CEO of New Milford ...

There are 29 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from May 22, 2009, titled Dr. Joseph Frolkis resigns as president and CEO of New Milford .... In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

Dr. Joseph Frolkis, the president and Chief Executive Officer of New Milford Hospital for the past two years, is resigning his position as the hospital's leader to take a leadership role at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

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optimistically thrilled

New Milford, CT

#1 May 22, 2009
YES!YES!YES! This is the greatest thing to happen to NMH since the day they hired Mr Pugh! All they need to do now is give the boot to RS and his henchmen and hire a competent person to head the BOD! There has to be somebody out there with enough intelligence, common sense and business knowledge to pull the hospital out of this disaster. Then maybe this beautiful facility will be able to coax back the wonderful Dr's and other employees that this community loved so dearly. It's sort of like weeding a garden, you've got a couple more mile a minute weeds to get out then clear out the common little garden weeds that are choking the roots of the veggies and flowers you are trying to nurture.( HELLOOOOO Mr Pugh, I know you're still out there!!!)
NMH IS DEAD

Gales Ferry, CT

#2 May 22, 2009
New Milford Hospital needs to get it head out of it a@# and maybe it can not do that with its head gone. NM needs to swallow some pride and combine forces with Danbury Hospital in some fasion, there is no need to compete when each could offer the other some options.

Otherwise call Home Depot for the plywood and board up the place
NM Resident

Shelton, CT

#3 May 22, 2009
NMH IS DEAD wrote:
New Milford Hospital needs to get it head out of it a@# and maybe it can not do that with its head gone. NM needs to swallow some pride and combine forces with Danbury Hospital in some fasion, there is no need to compete when each could offer the other some options.
Otherwise call Home Depot for the plywood and board up the place
You sound like a MORON!
NM Resident

Shelton, CT

#4 May 22, 2009
optimistically thrilled wrote:
YES!YES!YES! This is the greatest thing to happen to NMH since the day they hired Mr Pugh! All they need to do now is give the boot to RS and his henchmen and hire a competent person to head the BOD! There has to be somebody out there with enough intelligence, common sense and business knowledge to pull the hospital out of this disaster. Then maybe this beautiful facility will be able to coax back the wonderful Dr's and other employees that this community loved so dearly. It's sort of like weeding a garden, you've got a couple more mile a minute weeds to get out then clear out the common little garden weeds that are choking the roots of the veggies and flowers you are trying to nurture.( HELLOOOOO Mr Pugh, I know you're still out there!!!)
Just curious who RS is? I didnt know there was someone on the board in charge with those initials.... But your right Mr. Pugh is missed!
ccc

Danbury, CT

#5 May 22, 2009
I agree with the "NMH is Dead" NM should combine with Danbury Hospital and run a system call 'Western conn health system." They should cut ties with New York Presb; NYP charges NMH exuberant fees just to use their name.
use to work there

New Milford, CT

#6 May 22, 2009
I think they meant RS, we all know who that is, and HOB is someone else that needs to go (we all know who that is also). I can't say that I disagree with that idea and I would love to see NMH recover from what they've done to it but from what I hear there isn't much chance of that happening. Sad to see whats happened there. And, I could be wrong but my understanding of Planetree is that it is a watch dog organization, something NMH didn't need prior to a couple of years ago. I love the garden analogy, it reminded me of something someone else posted about the hospital during one of the lay offs, it was something about "when you trim a tree you should start at the top.
Pay it forward

Middletown, CT

#7 May 22, 2009
years ago NMH ER took care of our child who had injuries from an accident in Candlewood Lake. He was only 6 at the time; however, the ER staff treated him like one of their own. I applaud this hospital and hope it can move into a bright future.
Jan Bemers

AOL

#8 May 22, 2009
This place is a mess!!!! First Dr Waitze's allegations,( whatever became of that?)_ Then the head of the operating room resigning after the Waitze's accusations, could it be they were all true? Now Froikis is going!!! Don't rats jump when the ship is sinking? I definetely will be going to Danbury if I should ever need medical attention. Boarding up the place with ply wood from home depot would be a public service!!!
Sally

Burlington, VT

#9 May 23, 2009
New Milford Hospital is the first stop on the way to the funeral parlor.
Great concern

Hamden, CT

#10 May 23, 2009
Reading thru the previous comments, it sure does indicate to me that the private sector really has a good "read" on what's really going on at NMH. We need this hospital to flourish in our town. We cannot compete with Danbury and all it's been since Mr. Pugh's nasty departure has been a hospital competition game. Just look at the billboards along Rt 7. The chairman of the board JP needs to go. Nasty man. The way the NMH board "got rid of" Mr. Pugh was just deplorable. He wanted 3 more years and they cut hin loose on the spot. We hire this new guy who sticks around for 27 months with no exit transition plan in place. Danbury hospital has a 5 year transition plan to replace their CEO, Mr. Kelly. If people only knew the numbers that they are paying the NMH CEO, they would be outraged, especially when they are laying off nurses and other workers who are truly the heart of the hospital. The joke is that the hospital hired Frolkis' wife, he was the tag along. How someone ever thought that this guy could run this hospital was very mistaken. Culprit; NMH Board of Directors and their guy, Jim Preston. The trimming analogy previously mentiond should be a model for the change to come. We need a basic community hospital that can address the needs of the people. Joe Frolkis leaving is a good thing....it could be a new start. Now the BOD need to quickly remove Preston as it did Pugh and make some smart decisions. I just hope that is not asking too much. Mr. Pugh, you were well respected and the people in this community have not forgotten you and have not forgotten what the NMH BOD did to you.
Now let's move forward and keep this hospital in this town and make it strong again.
bleh

Avon, CT

#11 May 23, 2009
Whoever wrote this has no sense of geography. 115 miles from NM towards Boston will put you at about the intersection of I-84 and the Mass Pike. More like 165 miles to downtown Boston from here.
optimistically thrilled

New Milford, CT

#12 May 23, 2009
Great concern wrote:
Reading thru the previous comments, it sure does indicate to me that the private sector really has a good "read" on what's really going on at NMH. We need this hospital to flourish in our town. We cannot compete with Danbury and all it's been since Mr. Pugh's nasty departure has been a hospital competition game. Just look at the billboards along Rt 7. The chairman of the board JP needs to go. Nasty man. The way the NMH board "got rid of" Mr. Pugh was just deplorable. He wanted 3 more years and they cut hin loose on the spot. We hire this new guy who sticks around for 27 months with no exit transition plan in place. Danbury hospital has a 5 year transition plan to replace their CEO, Mr. Kelly. If people only knew the numbers that they are paying the NMH CEO, they would be outraged, especially when they are laying off nurses and other workers who are truly the heart of the hospital. The joke is that the hospital hired Frolkis' wife, he was the tag along. How someone ever thought that this guy could run this hospital was very mistaken. Culprit; NMH Board of Directors and their guy, Jim Preston. The trimming analogy previously mentiond should be a model for the change to come. We need a basic community hospital that can address the needs of the people. Joe Frolkis leaving is a good thing....it could be a new start. Now the BOD need to quickly remove Preston as it did Pugh and make some smart decisions. I just hope that is not asking too much. Mr. Pugh, you were well respected and the people in this community have not forgotten you and have not forgotten what the NMH BOD did to you.
Now let's move forward and keep this hospital in this town and make it strong again.
Thank you. You said it much better than I did but I was so excited when I read it that I felt like a kid who just opened the gift I'd been praying for. I love NMH and I want it to recover. We are a resilient community and with the right person this could still be possible.
eda

United States

#13 May 23, 2009
Looks like New Milford hospital needs new solid overseeing. The best move is to merge with Danbury Hospital and form a stronger reginaul medical coverage zone where both will interact for the public good.Less overhead costs...
optimistically thrilled

New Milford, CT

#14 May 23, 2009
I guess my first post wasn't real clear so I'll clarify although I don't like sounding like I'm ranting. RS is Robert Sommer but I don't think I need to list the henchmen, they are people who started in positions that were appropriate based on their experience and education and were promoted to positions with titles and salaries that they had no business possessing and they know who they are. Shame on you RS! These people should start a club 'Friends of Robert Sommer'. I can't figure out who had more influence on decisions that lead to the hospitals current situation, the HOB Mr Preston or the VP's (RS being one of them), but the status of NMH speaks volumes about their abilities,capabilities and intentions. Shame on the entire BOD! Maybe the regular unimportant employees should be allowed to attend(and vote on issues at) the board meetings, you would be surprised at the intelligence, abilities and common sense that walk the halls (MANY who use to walk the halls) of this place unrecognized because they are to shy & un encouraged and/or even squashed when they try to speak up. We should have demanded a voice so shame on us, well now you, learn from the past and step up to the plate.
Great concern

Hamden, CT

#15 May 23, 2009
Wouldn't you think that some of the people on the NMH Board of directors would have a clue and do the correct thing? It is comprised of some very good doctors and notable town's people. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING and WHAT WILL THEY DO? First thing, get a Chairman who is not nasty and who can guide the hospital board into making good suggestions and decisions. AND most of all, have the welefare of the patients in mind along with the community at large.

Here's the list of the Board of Directors:
Charles Barlow
Martin Begun
Roberta Buddle
Pamela Cantor, MD
Lynette Cornell
Carl D'Andrea, MD
Anthea Disney
Kevin Dumas
Patricia Dyer
Robert Fitton, MD
Holly Flor
Barry Ginsburg
Gary Goldring
Evan Hack, MD
Kenneth Hecken
Theodore Hollander, Secretary
Spencer Houldin
Harold Kamm, MD
Jay Lent
Robert Lenz
Adriana Mnuchin
Robert Morgado
Peter P. Mullen
Carol Nelson
Stella G. Newman
John Novogrod
Thomas Pilla
James Preston, Chairman
Jacqueline Markham Priaulx
Ellen Rittman
Thomas Rosenwald
Walter "Trip" Rothschild
Thomas Sides
C. Carter Walker
Frank Wargo
Arthur Weinshank, Esq.
Edward Zane, MD
Andrea Wilson, Ex Officio
Joseph Frolkis, MD, PhD, President & CEO
Susan Iovino, Executive Vice President, COO & CNO
Marie

New Milford, CT

#16 May 23, 2009
I recently was very ill and needed surgery. Being a New Milford Resident it would have been so much easier for me to stay right here but the stories I heard about NM Hospital and the limits it puts on what they would cover forced me to go to Danbury Hospital. I got the best care ever at DH. I am very grateful to them. This is my town and it is growing everyday. We need to improve and hopefully become a part of DH. DH is caring for many NM patients and they are at times overloaded. None of this makes sense to me. Someone do something about all of this if possible. NM used to be a nice hospital. It is time to take it back and make it a success.
Jackie

New Milford, CT

#17 May 23, 2009
Great concern wrote:
Wouldn't you think that some of the people on the NMH Board of directors would have a clue and do the correct thing? It is comprised of some very good doctors and notable town's people. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING and WHAT WILL THEY DO? First thing, get a Chairman who is not nasty and who can guide the hospital board into making good suggestions and decisions. AND most of all, have the welefare of the patients in mind along with the community at large.
Here's the list of the Board of Directors:
Charles Barlow
Martin Begun
Roberta Buddle
Pamela Cantor, MD
Lynette Cornell
Carl D'Andrea, MD
Anthea Disney
Kevin Dumas
Patricia Dyer
Robert Fitton, MD
Holly Flor
Barry Ginsburg
Gary Goldring
Evan Hack, MD
Kenneth Hecken
Theodore Hollander, Secretary
Spencer Houldin
Harold Kamm, MD
Jay Lent
Robert Lenz
Adriana Mnuchin
Robert Morgado
Peter P. Mullen
Carol Nelson
Stella G. Newman
John Novogrod
Thomas Pilla
James Preston, Chairman
Jacqueline Markham Priaulx
Ellen Rittman
Thomas Rosenwald
Walter "Trip" Rothschild
Thomas Sides
C. Carter Walker
Frank Wargo
Arthur Weinshank, Esq.
Edward Zane, MD
Andrea Wilson, Ex Officio
Joseph Frolkis, MD, PhD, President & CEO
Susan Iovino, Executive Vice President, COO & CNO
How could so many people screw up this hospital?? Without mentioning his name (most residents did not even know it)the entire area is aware that Frolkis was a disaster and took the hospital down the wrong path but with all the others it is pretty sad that someone could not do something about him sooner. Thank God he is leaving!!
been there

New Milford, CT

#18 May 23, 2009
Frolkis was the best thing that happened to NM Hospital - He tried to bring it into the 21century. He brought in Board certified docs - something long needed and higher standards also much needed. NM never had the volume of patients to support cardio - residents need to wake up and smell the coffee, even the ambulance crews head to Danbury with anything serious. NMH will never be more than a small community hospital - great for having babies and minor surgery and stabilizing patients in the ER before they get transported elsewhere - half the people on the board know nothing about medical care or hospital ops - it's a social club!
Great concern

Hamden, CT

#19 May 23, 2009
Jackie wrote:
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How could so many people screw up this hospital?? Without mentioning his name (most residents did not even know it)the entire area is aware that Frolkis was a disaster and took the hospital down the wrong path but with all the others it is pretty sad that someone could not do something about him sooner. Thank God he is leaving!!
I wonder how many of these people are Full-time New Milford residents and how many of them actually "work" for a living. By "work" I don't mean sitting home watching the stock market and collecting dividends. I mean "work", hand in hand with others on a regular job to pay the food and utility bills, along with educational costs for the kids. I believe the BOD is so out of touch with reality.....as if it's a "board game" to them, no pun intended.
suggestion

Gales Ferry, CT

#20 May 23, 2009
How about we do a trade off? Frolkis goes to Boston and we get Dr. Overmoyer back?

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