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Norwalk Hospital Association

Grants Awarded

Pulmonary Fellowship Program

Funding Type Restricted
Funding Total $1,000,000
Impact Area Higher Education, Medicine
Years Funded 2021-2024

Norwalk Hospital is a 366-bed, not-for-profit, acute care community teaching hospital serving a population of 250,000+ in lower Fairfield County, CT and nearby Westchester, NY. Norwalk Hospital is the local hospital for many of the communities the Foundation serves. During the COVID-19 pandemic, its pulmonary specialists, in particular, played a pivotal role in saving local lives. The Pulmonary Fellowship at Norwalk Hospital offers robust training experience that prepares the next generation of physicians for the clinical and academic demands of the profession. The Fellowship incorporates two years of pulmonary and critical care training at Norwalk Hospital with a third year of specialized pulmonary and critical care training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. This grant supports the full cost for two physicians to complete the three-year Pulmonary Fellowship.

Establishing Accredited Prison Chaplain Training Center at CT DOC

Funding Type Restricted
Funding Total $165,000
Impact Area Higher Education, Justice and Community Wellness, Medicine
Years Funded 2018-2020

Norwalk Hospital (NH) is a 366-bed, acute care community teaching hospital with 500+ physicians and 2,000 staff. Since 2001, NH has been a highly regarded training site for chaplains in clinical settings. However, NH recognizes that the special skills needed to serve the incarcerated are not adequately addressed through its (or any other) program.

To fill this gap, NH will establish the nation’s first accredited, post-graduate level pastoral clinical training site for chaplains in a correctional setting through a unique collaboration with CT Department of Corrections and funding from The Tow Foundation. The project will support the clinical training needs of current CT prison chaplains, increase the pool of prison chaplains in training at local seminaries and, via distance learning, increase the national pool of professional prison chaplains. This one-of-a-kind project is breaking new ground in pastoral education and in corrections and is strongly supported by both. It is anticipated that this could be the model for similar partnerships elsewhere.