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April 1, 2020 BIZ PEOPLE

Lamont taps hospital CEOs for new health-system ‘response team’

PHOTOS | Contributed Marna P. Borgstrom

On Monday Gov. Ned Lamont appointed the CEOs of three of the largest hospital systems in Connecticut — Yale New Haven Health, Hartford HealthCare and Nuvance Health — to co-chair the Governor’s Health System Response Team.

The co-chairs are:

  • Marna Borgstrom, CEO of Yale New Haven Health, which includes Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.
  • Jeffrey Flaks, president and CEO of Hartford Healthcare, which owns Backus Hospital, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Hartford Hospital, the Hospital of Central Connecticut, MidState Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Windham Hospital.
  • John Murphy, MD, President and CEO of Nuvance Health, which includes Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital.

Among them the three hospital systems represent close to 70 percent of the state’s hospital infrastructure across 14 acute-care hospitals and numerous additional facilities.

In coordination with the Connecticut Hospital Association and the state’s other hospitals, the health-care leaders will advise the governor, the Department of Public Health and the rest of the state’s emergency support functions in the unified command structure on the most efficient and effective allocation and distribution of needed resources, supplies and personnel throughout the duration of the public health emergency.

Said Borgstrom in announcing her new role: “A virus like COVID-19 does not differentiate by town, city or state lines. It doesn’t respect how big or small a hospital is when it strikes a community. If we are to be successful in fighting the spread of COVID-19, we need to work together across regions and across health-care systems.”

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