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October 16, 2023 / 2023 Power 25 Health Care

2023 Power 25 Health Care: Jennifer D. Jackson

Jennifer Jackson

As the CEO of the Connecticut Hospital Association, Jennifer D. Jackson serves as an advocate for the state’s hospitals and healthcare systems.

In September, the Wallingford-based association called for an overhaul of the state’s certificate of need program, citing concerns about delays and costs.

Through this program, healthcare providers must secure state approval prior to making certain changes, such as establishing a new healthcare facility, transferring ownership, mergers, substantial capital investments in new equipment or facilities, or discontinuing a medical service.

The association has called for removing unnecessary costs and regulatory burdens that have slowed the approval process.

For example, concerns have been raised about the amount of time it has taken the Office of Health Strategy, which oversees the healthcare industry, to review and approve Yale New Haven Health’s pending acquisition of Waterbury, Rockville General and Manchester Memorial hospitals.

Yale signed an acquisition agreement with the hospitals over a year ago.

During the COVID pandemic, Jackson worked with hospital members and state leaders to address the health crisis. She also lobbied to get hospitals and health systems extra state and federal funding, as the pandemic caused many elective procedures to be delayed, adversely impacting revenue.

Jackson has said the association will continue to be a strong voice for investments in the healthcare workforce.

Jackson earned her nursing degree from the University of Delaware; an MBA from the University of New Haven; and a law degree from the UConn School of Law.

Before taking over as CEO, she served as the association’s general counsel and vice president.

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