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October 18, 2021 POWER 25 HEALTHCARE

2021 Power 25 Health Care:Reginald Eadie & Thomas Burke

Trinity Health of New England CEO Reginald Eadie and St. Francis Hospital President Thomas Burke have emerged as strong leaders in tumultuous times for the healthcare industry.

St. Francis is the flagship of the Connecticut operations of Trinity, a national Catholic health system.

Reginald Eadie

Eadie leads Trinity’s New England region — which also includes Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. — and he brings a unique background to the job because he’s a doctor and holds an MBA from Michigan State University, giving him both a medical and business background as he navigates the choppy waters of a pandemic and industry consolidation. He was named co-chair of Gov. Ned Lamont’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group, which helped develop the state's vaccine distribution strategy.

Trinity’s $1.59 billion in fiscal 2019 operating revenue ranked third highest among Connecticut health systems, behind crosstown competitor Hartford HealthCare and Yale New Haven Health.

Burke was named interim president of St. Francis in May 2020, at the height of the first wave of the pandemic, with a mandate to care for the hospital’s embattled caregivers. After a national search, he was named permanent president by November.

Thomas Burke

Burke’s role goes beyond administration — a background in pharmacy qualified him for an unique photo-op in mid-January when he administered the COVID-19 vaccine to hospital leaders, including Eadie.

The onset of the pandemic prompted St. Francis and Trinity to invest aggressively in telehealth, transforming their care model and committing to hiring “virtualists” to treat patients online. Upgrading physical facilities has also been a focus, with St. Francis opening a new $26.5 million outpatient orthopedic and spine surgery center on the Hartford main campus and an ambulatory care center in Rocky Hill.

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