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Business journal names HCC president a ‘2007 Health Care Hero’

New Britain [December 21 2007] - Hospital of Central Connecticut President and CEO Laurence A. Tanner was recently named a 2007 Health Care Hero by the Hartford Business Journal.

Tanner is one of nine people honored, and the only recipient in the corporate achievement in healthcare category. His achievement focused on the successful merger of two hospitals – the former New Britain General and Bradley Memorial (Southington) – into one, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, in October 2006. Before the merger, Tanner was president and CEO of New Britain General Hospital, having joined it in 1987.

“I am grateful for this recognition, which I share with all staff members of The Hospital of Central Connecticut,” says Tanner. “Our successful merger was a monumental task accomplished through much hard work and patience.”

The merger created a 414-bed hospital that has approximately 3,000 employees, over 500 physicians, and more than 500 volunteers. Primary reasons cited for the merger were improved delivery of health care, better access to medical specialists and services, cost savings to both the hospital and patients, and the ability to become a focal point for community health information.

Tanner is also president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Health Alliance, an integrated health system of acute care, long-term care, home health care, and behavioral health services, including The Hospital of Central Connecticut; chairman and a trustee of Jerome Home, a not-for-profit multi-level care facility, New Britain; and director, president, and CEO of CenConn Services, Inc., a for-profit affiliate. The Alliance employs more than 3,500 personnel.

Tanner received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and his MPH from Yale University in 1972. Tanner chairs the board of trustees of the Capital Area Health Consortium, an association of several healthcare organizations, including The Hospital of Central Connecticut, which works to improve healthcare services for North Central Connecticut; and also chairs the board of directors of the New Britain Chamber of Commerce.

His extensive history of participation in health care in Connecticut includes The Governor’s Special Task Force on Mental Health Policy (1982-84); the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Advisory Council (1987-94); and the Commission on the Future of Hospital Care in Connecticut, among many others. Tanner, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has written and spoken extensively on the subject of health care, most notably on medical technology and continuing education for physicians.

The heroes represented seven categories and were highlighted in a Dec. 10 Hartford Business Journal insert.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, ext. 6507

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