Unrivaled devotion to women.
No matter your age or what stage you are in life, Women's Health Connecticut is ready to provide you with the ObGyn care and compassionate support you need, the way you want it to be. Our expert physicians and clinicians are committed to addressing all of the unique needs you may have and work collaboratively to provide coordinated, comprehensive care.
Women's Health Connecticut is the largest ObGyn physician practice in the region, and the most focused. Our more than 250 providers and 90 locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts are solely devoted to women, making the high-quality ObGyn care you deserve as simple and accessible as possible. Women's Health Connecticut has been a group practice since 1997 and is highly-respected as a pioneer and a model for other practices around the country.
Whenever you’re ready, you’ll find impeccable care.
- More than 200 women's health physicians, all board certified or board eligible and committed to compassionate care
- More than 40 additional clinicians to meet specific needs, including certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses
- More than 90 locations throughout Connecticut and central Massachusetts to improve your access to quality care
- Modern technologies at all practices, including Electronic Medical Records for improved information accuracy and more coordinated care
Established to deliver quality care.
Founded in 1997, Women’s Health Connecticut is a network of exemplary providers, who have an unrivaled devotion to women. Together, we focus strictly on women’s health, providing the women of Connecticut and central Massachusetts access to the most skilled ObGyns and a consistent level of compassionate care across all of our locations. Since our founding we have not only grown to be the largest single-specialty practice in Connecticut, but have also become one of the largest and most successful women’s health groups in the nation.
Women’s Health Connecticut is a division of Women’s Health USA (WHUSA), a Management Service Organization that brings providers together in a structure similar to an independent practice association (IPA), allowing them to benefit from collective business programs. The driving mission of WHUSA is to provide the best quality and value in health care to patients, while at the same time supporting and enhancing the role of independent physicians. For more information, call (860) 678-3400.
Physicians: Join a network solely devoted to women’s health.
Care is at its best when you are at your best—allowed to focus on your patients and their specific health needs. Women's Health Connecticut is a firm believer in strengthening these unique physician-patient relationships, doing all we can through the network to streamline the business of practicing medicine so that our providers can focus on delivering the best clinical care. By offering a full spectrum of management solutions that empower physicians, Women’s Health Connecticut enables physicians to grow financially while advancing the quality and access of women’s care. Women’s Health Connecticut MSO offerings:
With data-driven analyses that demonstrates how quality care leads to plan savings, our payer contracting strategies puts physicians in a position of strength to achieve contracting success. CT partner physicians experience significantly increased reimbursements over standard market rates.
Revenue Cycle Management
Through our revenue cycle management, we provide tailored technology solutions, including athenahealth, that will streamline the financial process, making billing and collections more dependable and complete.
Professional Liability Risk Management and Compliance
To allow physicians to move their business forward, we created a successful ObGyn captive insurance company that provides early intervention and claims management strategies so physicians can achieve insurance rates that are 20-30% lower than comparable commercial insurance rates.
Financial Management Services
Our financial management services puts physicians on a path for growth and insulates them from changes in consumer habits. Women’s Health Connecticut has created financial solutions specifically tailored for women’s health practices so physicians can position themselves to succeed now and down the road.
Most importantly, Women’s Health Connecticut offers a partnership model that allows individual practices to retain independence and autonomy in their daily operations. This true partnership brings collaboration and support when it’s needed most. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as practices begin to regain their operational footing, Women’s Health Connecticut has been at the table helping our physicians create a safe environment for returning staff, observe newly-changing guidelines, and navigate their way back to safely seeing patients. As the months continue, we will continue to help practices analyze their business metrics, offer financial guidance, and help them with long-range preparedness in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence.
On a daily basis, Women’s Health Connecticut provides insights and ideas, clinical protocols and peer-driven discussions that lead to higher physician satisfaction and better patient experience and outcomes. Through long-standing experience and expert support, independent ObGyn physicians retain autonomy of their daily practice while gaining access to new avenues for financial growth and success.
For more information, call (860) 678-3400.
Richard S. Ruben, MD - Chairman of the Board
Richard S. Ruben, M.D. is one of the founders and is President of Physician’s for Women’s Health (PWH), the nation’s largest single group practice dedicated to women and formed in 1997. He also is one of the founders and Chairman of the Board of Women’s Health Connecticut (WHC), which was formed in August 1997, by teaming PWH physicians with an established group of health care management experts. Dr. Ruben has been practicing medicine for over 30 years and is the head of his local office of eight physicians in Danbury, CT. In addition, he served as Acting Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Danbury Hospital, a regional teaching hospital with a residency program affiliated with Yale University.
Dr. Ruben is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University where he graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Ruben is a graduate of George Washington University of Medicine. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Ruben became chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Walson Army Hospital in Fort Dix, New Jersey where he received the Army commendation medal for outstanding service. Dr. Ruben has been included in the Connecticut Magazine’s list of the state’s “Top Docs”.
Dr. Ruben was a founder and member of the Board of the Danbury Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists, Connecticut State Medical Society, as well as the Fairfield County Medical Association.
Nancy Bernstein - President and Chief Executive Officer
Nancy Bernstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health Connecticut, which supports a network of over 200 physicians and other health care professionals in Connecticut and Massachusetts. She is also a founder, chairman, and president of the ARK Indemnity Company, the Bermuda-based captive insurance company of Women’s Health, providing professional liability insurance for the Connecticut ob/gyns and two IVF practices in CT. In addition to these roles, Nancy serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Women’s Health USA.
Nancy has deep commitments to the community. She is in her second term on the board of directors of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, a $1 billion endowment fund based in the Hartford area. She received United Way’s highest community service award in 2017 and was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal in 2019 with a Women in Business award.
She has a graduate degree from Harvard University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Matthew L. Saidel, MD - Chief Medical Officer
Matthew L. Saidel, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer for Physician’s for Women’s Health (PWH), Women’s Health Connecticut (WHC), and Women’s Health USA (WHUSA). As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saidel is responsible for the oversight of medical quality, clinical innovation, and patient safety.
He was one of the founders of PWH and WHC, formed in 1997. PWH is the nation’s largest single group practice dedicated to women, and WHC is the management services organization formed in partnership with WHUSA which also partners with other groups across the country.
Dr. Saidel received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, earned his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University, and completed his obstetrics and gynecology internship and residency training at Hartford Hospital. He is Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He practiced Ob-Gyn for 40 years, delivering thousands of babies, caring for many women for decades, and teaching generations of medical students and residents at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Saidel was a perennial “best doctor” in both the Hartford region and the State of Connecticut. His expertise extends beyond clinical medicine, to medical staff governance, risk management, and he also serves as medical director of the Women’s Health Connecticut lab, and the ARK, WHC’s captive insurance company.
He is a proud father and grandfather and has been married to his much better half Sue since 1974. In his spare time, he is an accomplished musician, and can often be found at the piano, singing with family, friends, and accompanying professional singers.
Daniel Welling, MD - Medical Director, EMR
Dr. Daniel (Dan) Welling serves one of the medical directors for Women’s Health Connecticut. His focus is on advancing the organization’s strength in information technology to meet changing regulatory and patient demands. In his role, he leads efforts to streamline office workflow and medical record technologies - giving patients optimal access and convenience in their health care experience.
Along with his role as medical director, Dan is a leading physician at Manchester Ob-Gyn Associates, after having joined the group in 1988. In addition to serving the obstetric and gynecologic needs of his patients, he is currently one of only a handful of ObGyns in Connecticut who does full vaginal reconstructive surgery. He also has significant experience with minimally invasive surgery including robotics and hysteroscopy.
Dan also serves as an associate professor at the University of New England School of Osteopathy.
Dan received his medical degree from St. George’s University of Medicine in 1982 and completed his residency at Hartford Hospital. He is board-certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His undergraduate degree is from Bates College.
His personal interests include an active, outdoor lifestyle. Dan regularly participates in the Pan-Mass Challenge – a bike-a-thon that raises funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Keith J. Falter, MD - Medical Director
Keith J. Falter, M.D. joined Women's Health Connecticut in 2012. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Physicians for Women's Health and Women's Health Connecticut. As Medical Director, Dr. Falter is primarily responsible for the quality and best medical practice. Dr. Falter chairs the medical best practice committee for Women's Health Connecticut.
Dr. Falter was previously trained as a physician assistant and earned his medical degree from The American University of Antigua. He is board-certified and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He currently practices in Danbury, Connecticut where he completed his residency training. Following his training, Dr. Falter served as the Medical Student Clerkship Director for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Danbury Hospital. He holds academic teaching positions at multiple medical schools including the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Tracy Brennan, MD - Medical Director
Dr. Brennan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Hartford Hospital and joined the group in 1988. Dr. Brennan is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Since 2002, Dr. Brennan has been voted a "Top Doc" in her field of ObGyn. She also received Connecticare's Golden Heart Award for highest patient satisfaction in the state of Connecticut and has been a recipient of a Patient's Choice Award, a Compassionate Doctor Award, and voted one of the Best Doctors in America.
In March 2017, Dr. Brennan appeared on Better Connecticut to discuss new regulations regarding Pap smears. Dr. Brennan has been honored as one of Connecticut’s Best Doctors of 2018 by Connecticut Magazine.
Connie DiGiacomo - Chief Financial Officer
Connie DiGiacomo joined Women’s Health in August 2018 as the Corporate Controller, bringing over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. As the Chief Financial Officer, Connie is responsible for oversight of the accounting department and all the financial reporting for Women’s Health Connecticut. She has a strong knowledge of accounting and finance and is recognized as a leader in the Finance Department at Women's Health USA. Connie is involved with key PWH and WHC initiatives such as the lab, mammography services, and additional expansion.
Paula Greenberg - Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Operations and Ancillary Services
As Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Paula Greenberg is responsible for clinical programs and operations, including quality risk management, compliance, and clinical oversight of pay for performance and value-based payment programs. She has led performance improvement initiatives for patient satisfaction, leadership development and office staff training programs. With over 20 years in health care management, Paula is responsible for developing and supporting revenue generating programs and services including imaging in-office procedures and tele-health.
Prior to joining Women's Health Connecticut, Paula was the Director of Antepartum & Gynecology Services at Hartford Hospital. She was responsible for inpatient high-risk obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, and outpatient prenatal testing. Paula also held additional nursing positions at Hartford Hospital, specializing in general and gynecologic surgery, oncology and medicine.
Paula holds an MBA with a Health Care Management concentration and BSN. She is a member of several professional organizations. Paula served two terms as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District I, Public Member. Paula has served on several city and state task forces to improve the quality of women’s health and is a current member the State of Connecticut Council on Protecting Women’s Health.
Leslie Stedman - Senior Vice President, Brand Development and Marketing
Leslie joined Women’s Health in 2014, bringing 25+ years’ experience with consumer and B-to-B brands to her position as Senior Vice President, Marketing. In this role, she currently oversees a team of marketing professionals and outside agencies in the strategy and execution of all brand and marketing efforts for the organization and several of its partner entities. Leslie’s commitment to understanding the rapidly-evolving health care landscape, changing consumer behavior and market-by-market nuances, has led to significant success in positioning partners as brand leaders in their markets, and in patient acquisition and retention. Leslie also manages patient experience measurement efforts and is co-chair of the committee on Advocacy for Women with the Connecticut partner group. Her introduction to Women’s Health was on the brand consultancy side at her previous firm where she spearheaded the development of the original brand strategy and marketing program for Women’s Health.
Kristen Martin-Sternat - Senior Vice President, Managed Care Contracting
Kristen joined Women’s Health in 2017 after 5 years with Harvard Pilgrim. While on the payor side, she was a Regional Contract Lead developing and negotiating arrangements with health systems, IPAs, and physician providers of varying size and complexity. In addition to her negotiating skills, she has particular strengths in strategic assessment and action, understanding and enforcing compliance, and provider relations. At Harvard Pilgrim, she was able to build a network from the ground up to 15,000 providers – a true testament to her ability to build and manage strong relationships and to oversee a team dedicated to the same. Prior to Harvard Pilgrim, Kristen held positions with Beacon Health Strategies and UnitedHealthcare.
Cara Farrell - Vice President, Managed Care Contracting and Lab Services
As Vice President of Managed Care Contracting and Laboratory Services, Cara is responsible for the development and execution of managed care contracting strategies for Women’s Health Connecticut providers and for operational oversight of the Women’s Health Connecticut Laboratory. In this role, she is responsible for negotiating fee-for-service reimbursement rates, pay-for-performance programs and value based payment arrangements with national and local health plans and PPO networks. Cara also launched the Women’s Health Connecticut Laboratory, leading the venture from a feasibility analysis through construction and accreditation to become one of the country’s largest women’s health focused labs.
In addition to her significant experience working for physicians, Cara also has experience in health plan operations, having played a critical role in provider network development and provider relations for a large Medicaid-focused health plan.
Cara earned a Master’s in Public Health, with concentration in health policy and management, from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in health science, from Alma College.
Ken Lawless - Vice President, Information Technology
As Vice President of Information Technology, Ken Lawless is responsible for managing data, voice, software, and security systems. As part of the management team, Ken is responsible for aligning the goals of Information Technology with the strategic business and clinical goals of Women’s Health Connecticut.
Women’s Health Connecticut Joins State’s ‘Network of Distinction’ Program
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Ceremony Held for Physician of the Year Award Winner Dr. Cynthia McCraven
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Women's Health President Nancy Bernstein Receives IWFCT Honor
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Dr. Matthew Saidel Quoted on the Importance of Individualized Menopause Care
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Women’s Health Connecticut Physician Highlighted for Medical Mission Efforts
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CCADV Progresses in Efforts to Increase Domestic Violence Screening by Health Professionals
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Dr. Matthew Saidel Speaks About Miscarriages on Local WNPR Show
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Women’s Health Connecticut Applauds Landmark US Legislation Passed to Reduce Maternal Death Rate
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Women’s Health Connecticut Chief Medical Officer Discusses Childbirth Safety
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Women’s Health Connecticut partners with management services organization Women’s Health USA to bring Connecticut ObGyn physicians together in a group practice structure to help manage their business effectively and efficiently. Thanks to this partnership, they can spend less time on business issues and more time caring for patients.
The driving mission of both Women's Health Connecticut and Women's Health USA is to provide the best quality health care to patients while protecting, supporting, and enhancing the role of independent physicians. It takes a strong group of employees across multiple disciplines to make this happen.
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