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Hartford HealthCare announced the appointment of Gina L. Calder and the next president of the Central region, which includes MidState Medical Center and The Hospital of Central Connecticut. She will assume the role on September 1.

“Gina is uniquely qualified to lead this dynamic region, enhance our system approach to transforming healthcare, and continue building connections with our communities and colleagues,” said President and CEO, Jeffrey Flaks. “I am proud to announce this during National Women’s History Month since she will be our first Black female regional president. 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. She 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.”

Calder has abundant knowledge of Connecticut. She attended Yale University where she earned three degrees: a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration, and Master of Business Administration. Calder then completed both her administrative residency and fellowship with Yale New Haven Health System and worked there for 14 years. Of those, Calder spent 12 years at Bridgeport Hospital where she held various leadership roles, including as vice president of ambulatory services and administrator of the hospital’s Milford campus.

Calder currently is president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peter’s Hospital and Progress West Hospital, members of the BJC Health System serving Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. She is a highly regarded thought leader who strives to advance efforts for building high-quality, safe, supportive and inclusive clinical care and work environments. She is active in several national and regional professional organizations and serves on civic, community and educational boards both in Connecticut and, now, in Missouri.

Calder has earned numerous honors and awards, most recently being named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “Black Healthcare Leaders to Know,” and is a recipient of the Professional Research Corporation’s Healthcare Leadership Impact Award. She is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is the founder of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

She has deep East Coast roots and has family in both Connecticut and New Jersey. She is looking forward to returning to the region, and bringing her energy, skills and passion to transforming care both in the Central Region and more broadly.