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Yale New Haven's Gayle Capozzalo of Guilford elected chair of national healthcare organization

gayle capozzalo3/21/2012 — Gayle Capozzalo, executive vice president of strategy and system development at Yale New Haven Health System, has assumed the office of chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Capozzalo was installed at the Council of Regents meeting preceding ACHE's 55th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago on March 17.

As chairman, Capozzalo will serve the second part of a three-year term in ACHE's consecutive chairmanship offices: chairman-elect, chairman and immediate past chairman. Capozzalo has been an ACHE governor since 2007, and served as the ACHE regent for Connecticut from 2004 to 2007. She is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery.

Capozzalo, who joined Yale New Haven Health System in 1997, is responsible for the growth and diversification strategy, clinical and operational integration, performance management and other corporate services of the health system. YNHHS is Connecticut's leading healthcare system and a major regional multi-hospital system in Connecticut, with annual revenues in excess of $2.3 billion. YNHHS has 1,639 licensed beds, discharges almost 90,000 patients and handles more than 1.2 million outpatient encounters a year. With nearly 15,000 employees and 5,000 physicians, YNHHS includes four delivery networks — Yale-New Haven, Bridgeport and Greenwich hospitals and Northeast Medical Group — and other clinically-affiliated organizations, including Westerly, Lawrence & Memorial, Bristol and Sharon hospitals.

Capozzalo joined YNHHS in 1997, having previously worked as senior vice president, organizational development at the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Health Care System in Houston, Texas, and senior vice president of SSM Health Care System in St. Louis, Missouri.

She received her BA from the University of Maryland, and her MS in public health, with a concentration in health planning from the University of Missouri Columbia's department of health services management.

She has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently a member of two YNHHS hospital boards: Greenwich and Bridgeport hospitals, chair of VHA Northeast's board. In addition to her ACHE position, she is a member of the American Hospital Association's Society of Healthcare Planning and Marketing and a member of the American College of Health Care Marketing.

Capozzalo, a resident of Guilford, CT, is a faculty member of Yale University's department of epidemiology and public health, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, MA, and an adjunct faculty member at St. Louis University's Center for Health Services Education and Research.

Yale New Haven Health System, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in Connecticut, is recognized for advanced clinical care, quality, service, cost effectiveness and commitment to improving the health status of the communities it serves. YNHHS includes three corporate members, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital and Greenwich Hospital, and has contractual relationships with the Westerly Hospital in Rhode Island. It also includes Northeast Medical Group, a non-profit medical foundation with several hundred community-based and hospital-employed physicians.

Yale-New Haven Hospital news release

Yale-New Haven Hospital is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. Yale-New Haven was founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826. Today, the hospital's two New Haven-based inpatient campuses include Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. YNHH's York Street campus and associated ambulatory sites are Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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