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Leadership kickoff meeting was historic

Year Ahead

YNHHS CEO Marna Borgstrom addressed managers from throughout YNHHS at the annual leadership conference on Oct. 5.

For the first time, the October leadership kickoff meeting was systemwide. It began with a celebration of the addition of Lawrence + Memorial Healthcare as a new corporate member and also marked the 20th anniversary of the formation of Yale New Haven Health System with a video called Celebrating 20 Years.

"We have always prided ourselves on providing safe, high quality and high value care, and that is what is expected by our patients," said YNHHS and YNHH CEO Marna Borgstrom. "But what we really want to do is make people's lives better. How they experience our System is different depending on each patient, their family situation and how and why they come to us."

"We need to be sure that people have access to a continuum of care that is better integrated for them," said Borgstrom. "While we know that we offer extraordinary hospital and related ambulatory care services, we cannot expect to own and be the direct providers of the full continuum of care. However, we are very good at building relationships with value-oriented providers who have excelled in the delivery of care in other areas on the continuum and we expect that collaboration with other providers will round out our health system over time."

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Mary O'Connor, MD, director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at YNHH and Yale School of Medicine; Richard D'Aquila, YNHHS president; and Bruce Cummings, president and CEO of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, spoke after Cummings' remarks at the conference.

Borgstrom introduced Bruce Cummings, president and CEO of Lawrence + Memorial Healthcare, to more than 1,000 managers from across Yale New Haven Heath at the Webster Bank Arena, including 45 from L+M.

"We are so thrilled to be part of Yale New Haven Health," said Cummings.

"It was at once a very difficult and a very easy decision to make. The difficult part was to no longer remain independent. The easy part was that Yale New Haven Health was the obvious partner for us. We could not be more pleased that we have finally gotten through the regulatory process and are now part of this fantastic organization."

The leadership conference also featured a video, called YNHHS 2016 Year in Review, which summarized many of the achievements of the past fiscal year and thanked staff and managers for their efforts throughout the year.