Marna Borgstrom to Retire in 2022 as Leader of Yale New Haven Health

Marna Borgstrom has announced her plan to retire as Chief Executive Officer of Yale New Haven Health in the spring of 2022.  In the role since 2005, she has overseen transformation in healthcare at the hospital system, state and federal levels. In the process, she has earned the admiration of many, including her colleagues in the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA).

Marna is an active and long-serving member of the CHA Board of Trustees, is a Past Chairperson of the Board, and is currently serving on the Executive Committee and leading the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee. 

Marna has been a visionary leader within the Connecticut hospital community, focusing on Connecticut hospitals’ shared commitment to providing the highest quality care throughout the state and improving the health of Connecticut communities.

CHA thanks Marna for her many years of service, and wishes her well in her retirement.


Christopher O’Connor to Take the Helm at Yale New Haven Health

Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) announced this week that Christopher O’Connor has been chosen as the next CEO of YNHHS.  He will assume the position in March 2022 upon the retirement of current CEO Marna Borgstrom.  Chris has served as President of YNHHS since 2020, before which he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for eight years.  He was named President and CEO of Saint Raphael in 2009, and has held prior executive leadership positions in Boston and New Orleans.

Chris has strong ties to the Connecticut Hospital Association, having served on the Board of Trustees for many years, and currently serving as the Board’s Vice Chairman and Treasurer.  He will succeed current Chairman, Dr. John Murphy, as the next Chairman of the CHA Board.  Through these leadership roles, he has been instrumental in shaping CHA’s strategic direction.

CHA extends congratulations to Chris and looks forward to working with him in his new role at YNHHS. 


CT Insurance Department Approves Health Plan Rate Increases

Last week the Connecticut Insurance Department issued its final rulings on 15 health insurance rate filings for the 2022 individual and small group markets.  The filings were made by 11 health insurers for plans that currently cover about 222,700 people.  The average rate increase requested in the individual market were reduced by 35% from the requested 8.6%, resulting in an average increase of 5.6%.  The average rate increase requested in the small group market, were reduced 48% from a requested average of 12.9%, resulting in an average increase of 6.7%. The Department of Insurance estimates the final rate increases imposed represent more than $76 million dollars in avoided consumer cost increases.



CDC Releases New Guidance for COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control for Healthcare Personnel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for infection prevention and control for healthcare personnel last week.  While the updates do not substantially change previous recommendations, there are some clarifications and simplifications around the use of face masks and respirators, testing and quarantine for fully vaccinated patients and nursing home residents.  Access the guidance and a summary of updated recommendations here




HHS Announces Details on Additional Distributions of COVID-19 Relief Funds

Last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will distribute $25.5 billion in COVID-19 relief funds to healthcare providers.  

The announcement includes the following:

  • $17 billion Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 distribution
  • $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds (ARP Rural Distribution) designated for rural providers.  Several Connecticut hospitals appear to qualify for these funds.  Access a search function to determine hospital eligibility here
  • Detailed information about the methodology it used to calculate PRF Phase 3 payments distributed in late 2020 and early 2021.  Access that detailed information here
  • Granting of a “final 60-day grace period” to the September 30, 2021 deadline for the first PRF reporting period.  Learn more about the grace period here


Education Updates

Implicit Bias: Awareness, Accountability, and Action
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 
Virtual Sessions

All sessions run from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Implicit bias refers to the unconscious attitudes and stereotypes that can affect understanding, actions, and decisions.  From an awareness standpoint, healthcare clinicians need to be fully aware of the complexities and impact of implicit bias on patient experience and engagement.  Looking at accountability, healthcare clinicians need to acknowledge, challenge, and manage their biases.  From an action perspective, healthcare clinicians need tools, skills, and strategies for comfort, confidence, and competence to connect, communicate, and effectively collaborate cross-culturally. 

Some of these sessions are part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) series, and others are funded by the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM).

There is no fee for this program.  Class size is limited and all sessions are identical.  Sessions are filling up quickly, so new dates have been added to accommodate high demand.

  • Click here to register for the Wednesday, October 6 session
  • Click here to register for the Thursday, October 21 session
  • Click here to register for the Thursday, November 4 session
  • Click here to register for the Friday, November 12 session
  • Click here to register for the Thursday, December 9 session
  • Click here to register for the Wednesday, January 19 session
  • Click here to register for the Wednesday, February 16 session