As Bob Dylan would say, "times are a changin' " at New Milford Hospital.

The latest modification may on the surface be just cosmetic, but it's significant.

The large sign facing the intersection of Route 202 and Elm Street now reads "New Milford Hospital, campus of Danbury Hospital."

That's because on Oct. 1, the hospitals were officially joined under a single state operating license.

"The State of Connecticut Office of HealthCare Access approved a single license for both Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital," said WCHN spokesperson Andrea Rynn. "The decision was rendered after a detailed application process and a public hearing was held in New Milford in winter, 2014. The single licensure went into effect on October 1, 2014."

Both hospitals will retain their current names in the foreseeable future. As a result of CMS regulation, there is that change to the nomenclature on the hospital signage.

"Both hospitals and their associated staffs will operate under a single license, rather than separate as they had prior," Rynn said. " This particular change to a single license can improve patient care, offering a more seamless medical record and patient experience as a result."

New Milford and Danbury hospitals had affiliated into one organization in October 2010 under the umbrella of the Western Connecticut Health Network, triggering a series of changes at the local facility. An 11,000-square-foot, two-story emergency department is under construction at this time at New Milford Hospital.

In June, Dr. Thomas Koobatian became the hospital's executive director while remaining director of emergency services, a move facilitated by the exit of former executive director Deborah Weymouth.

In January, Norwalk Hospital also joined the WCHN affiliation.

Susan Tuz