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Merill Ann Topper Weinstein, 72, of New York City, died on Friday, July 26, at home. Born in Manhattan on July 7, 1941, to Alice Spalter and Bernard Topper, Merill grew up in Los Angeles. In the late 1950's, Merill landed her first job as a librarian for cold war systems firm Systems Development Corporation. The position required her to have security clearance - at the tender age of 17. This first job would be a precursor of things to come - a distinguished career in hospital administration which afforded her the ability to seek and share information, ultimately resulting in improved healthcare outcomes and service.
Merill was a graduate of UCLA. In 1968, she married Arnold Weinstein, MD, and in 1970, they relocated to Connecticut, first to Weston, Conn., and then to New Canaan, where she and her husband raised their two daughters and kept a home until 1998.
In her first healthcare position in Connecticut, Merill worked as Executive Director of PSRO, Professional Standards Review Organization of Fairfield County. For over 15 years, Merill served as Vice-President for Quality and Performance Improvement at St. Joseph Medical Center in Stamford, Conn. In that role, she oversaw initiatives pertaining to quality measures and performance standards. She was responsible for running numerous departments including medical records and utilization review and was the catalyst behind the creation of the Medical Center's Rehabilitation Unit. She was also responsible for overseeing the Medical Center's Cancer Registry and Tumor Boards. After the merging of St. Joseph Medical Center with Stamford Hospital, Merill played a vital role as Vice President for System Integration for Stamford Health System. She was responsible for standardizing processes and reducing duplication across the continuum and oversaw quality and risk management functions.
Merill dedicated her career to helping others and made a real difference in the many lives she touched. Her intelligence, generous spirit, sense of humor and kindness to others will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her beloved daughters, Margery Weinstein of New York City and Jessica Weinstein Harper and son-in-law Josh Harper of Brooklyn, NY; sisters Tobey Dodge of Los Angeles and Barbara Hughes of Bakersfield, CA, and several nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield, CT, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Merill can be made in her name to: The
Published in The Hour on July 30, 2013