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October 18, 2021 POWER 25 HEALTHCARE

2021 Power 25 Health Care: Marna Borgstrom

Marna Borgstrom leads the largest health system in Connecticut, Yale New Haven Health, which isn’t based in Greater Hartford, but certainly has a presence and impact here.

Marna Borgstrom, President and CEO, Yale New Haven Health

In 2015, Yale New Haven Health expanded into Greater Hartford via a cancer partnership with St. Francis Hospital, which included the opening of the Smilow Cancer Hospital at St. Francis in Hartford.

Just as important, Yale New Haven Health has become the top competitor with the second-largest health system in the state, Hartford HealthCare.

Both organizations have increasingly encroached on each other’s turf in recent years and are battling for market share in Fairfield County.

Borgstrom made news in September when she announced she was retiring next March. She will be replaced by Chris O’Connor.

Borgstrom worked her way up the corporate ladder at Yale, starting at Yale New Haven Hospital more than 30 years ago.

According to her biography, her varied roles have taken her from a post-graduate fellowship, to various staff and management roles, to her 1994 promotion to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

In 2005, she was appointed president and CEO of both Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health system.

The Yale New Haven Health System, which reported $4.9 billion in operating revenue in fiscal 2019, has grown its reach in recent years with several acquisitions, including Milford Hospital. It also owns Bridgeport, Greenwich and Lawrence + Memorial hospitals.

Borgstrom is among the Connecticut hospital CEOs that has mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for staff.

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