Wiggin and Dana Partner Receives Connecticut Hospital Association Honorary Membership Award

June 26, 2013

WALLINGFORD – At its 95th Annual Meeting on June 25, the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) gave its Honorary Membership Award to Wiggin and Dana Partner Bennett J. Bernblum. The CHA Honorary Membership award was established in 1968 to recognize certain individuals who distinguished themselves with their personal dedication and contributions to the advancement of healthcare services.

Bennett J. Bernblum ("BJ") is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Corporate Practice Department, where he practices corporate law, corporate healthcare law, construction law, and sales, use, and property taxation.

When he retires at the end of June 2013, Mr. Bernblum will conclude more than 20 years of distinguished service to CHA and a host of other healthcare clients. Over the past two decades, Mr. Bernblum has been a trusted advisor on a wide range of CHA activities, providing counsel on many key association initiatives, particularly focusing on CHA's corporate work and business agreements. He was a key advisor in initiatives to improve quality and patient care, including a major project to establish an interpreter system for the deaf and hard of hearing populations.

His work with hospital and healthcare clients over the years has included structuring joint ventures and partnerships for hospitals, counseling complex hospital systems on governance and corporate structure, and handling asset acquisitions, mergers, affiliations, and financings for all types of healthcare providers. Mr. Bernblum has been deeply engaged in resolving property tax exemption issues for charitable healthcare providers, developing network vehicles for providers, and representing community-based and home healthcare agencies on a panoply of issues. Overall, his clients have valued and benefited from Mr. Bernblum's acute analytic skills, his business judgment and practicality, and his wisdom.

Mr. Bernblum is a member of the American and Connecticut Bar Associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Connecticut Health Lawyers Association. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Health Care Law, and Chambers USA has recognized him in the Health Care category. Mr. Bernblum received his B.A. from Yale University cum laude, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

About CHA
The Connecticut Hospital Association has been dedicated to serving Connecticut's hospitals since 1919. Through state and federal advocacy, CHA represents the interests of Connecticut's hospitals on key healthcare issues in the areas of quality and patient safety, access and coverage, workforce, community health, diversity, and hospital reimbursement.