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October 16, 2023 / 2023 Power 25 Health Care

2023 Power 25 Health Care: Gary Havican

Gary Havican is senior vice president of Hartford HealthCare and serves as its president for the central region, which includes the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain and MidState Medical Center in Meriden.

Havican in recent months has been shepherding MidState’s efforts to build a new $8.4 million, 16-bed adult medical and surgical unit to boost its inpatient space.

MidState has submitted a certificate of need application with the state Office of Health Strategy to increase its licensed bed capacity. The medical center indicated it needs to expand because of a “significant” increase in patient volume in the past five years, ranging from emergency department visits to surgeries. A new 16-bed unit would bring MidState’s number of licensed beds up from 156 to 172.

According to Havican, the project is in response to an increasing number of patients choosing to have their care at MidState, particularly in the areas of oncology, general medicine and surgery.

Havican has said adding beds will lead to shorter wait times in the emergency department and more timely access to diagnosis and treatment. MidState wants to have the new unit ready by October 2025.

Havican has also been involved in professional and local organizations. He has served as president of The Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives. He is also on the executive committee for New Britain Recovers, which provides services related to fighting homelessness and addiction.

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