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Updated: October 5, 2020 2020 Power 25 — Health Care

10. Andrew Agwunobi

UConn Health CEO Dr. Andrew Agwunobi is a pediatrician by training, but his patient for the past five years has been a $1.2-billion hospital and medical and dental school that consistently produces large budget deficits.

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi, CEO, UConn Health

Agwunobi previously held hospital system leadership jobs in Washington and Georgia before assuming in 2015 his current role at UConn, where he oversees about 4,000 full-time employees. He has spent much time in recent years responding to legislators’ demands to find a suitable path forward for the clinical operations of UConn Health, through an envisioned acquisition of, or co-investment in, John Dempsey Hospital and UConn’s medical group.

UConn Health, which pursued an ultimately unsuccessful merger with Hartford HealthCare in 2009, received several confidential partnership proposals in 2018, but Agwunobi and his board decided not to pursue them.

The continued losses come despite a major expansion of UConn Health’s John Dempsey Hospital facilities during the past decade, backed by more than $250 million approved by state lawmakers at the outset of the Malloy administration in 2011.

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