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October 10, 2022 / 2022 Power 25 Health Care

2022 Power 25 Health Care: Kimberly Martone

The Office of Health Strategy is a relatively new state agency, but it wields significant influence in overseeing Connecticut’s healthcare industry, including hospital mergers and healthcare costs.

Kimberly Martone in July was named OHS’ interim director by Gov. Ned Lamont, replacing Victoria Veltri.

She inherited a full plate.

Recently, OHS has overseen several controversial deals, including a Massachusetts-based Catholic health system’s bid to acquire Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, and Hartford HealthCare’s efforts to close the labor and delivery unit at Windham Hospital.

Earlier this year OHS also denied the opening of a proton therapy cancer treatment center in Danbury, while approving one in Wallingford to be jointly operated by Hartford HealthCare and Yale New Haven Health.

Martone was previously the deputy director and chief of staff for the Office of Health Strategy, where she worked under the leadership of Veltri since the agency was created in 2018. In these dual roles, she has been responsible for overseeing the agency’s 40 staff members, as well as its business and legal functions.

Prior to joining the Office of Health Strategy, Martone worked from 2009 to 2018 for the Connecticut Department of Public Health as the director of operations in the Office of Health Care Access – an office that was merged into the Office of Health Strategy.

Martone earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration business from Providence College, and a master’s degree in healthcare management from Quinnipiac College.

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