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March 19, 2024

Hartford HealthCare names new central region president

Contributed Gina L. Calder

Hartford HealthCare on Tuesday announced the appointment of Gina L. Calder as the next president of its central region, effective Sept. 1.

The central region includes MidState Medical Center in Meriden and The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain 

Calder currently serves as president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peter’s Hospital and Progress West Hospital, both in Missouri and members of the BJC Health System serving Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.

She will succeed Gary Havican, who was recently hired by Long Island, New York-based Catholic Health as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

HHC President and CEO Jeffrey Flaks said Calder is “uniquely qualified” to lead the region.

“I am proud to announce this during National Women’s History Month, since she will be our first Black female regional president,” Flaks said. “Gina fully embodies our core values and leadership behaviors. She is highly regarded for her strategic focus; commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; and inspiring leadership.”

Calder, he added, has led efforts in quality improvement, financial management, clinical operations, ambulatory strategy, patient and colleague experience, and business development. 

“We look forward to welcoming Gina to Hartford HealthCare, and to working closely with her and the central region team as we advance access, affordability, equity and excellence — for all,” Flaks said 

Calder attended Yale University, where she earned three degrees — a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Master of Public Health in health policy and administration, and an MBA. 

She then completed both her administrative residency and fellowship with Yale New Haven Health System and worked there for 14 years. That included 12 years at Bridgeport Hospital, where she held various leadership roles, including vice president of ambulatory services and administrator of the hospital’s Milford campus.

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