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YNHHS bids a fond farewell to Marna Borgstrom

On March 25, Yale New Haven Health CEO Marna Borgstrom will retire, after a 43-year career marked by significant clinical advances, unprecedented challenges and, most of all, constant change.

Under Marna’s leadership, YNHHS has pioneered treatments and research that have improved – and saved – countless lives. Yale New Haven has grown from one hospital into an organization of many different delivery networks that bring advanced care to residents from Westchester County, NY, to southern Rhode Island. A respected leader, Marna has helped drive regional and national efforts to improve health care for all.

At the same time, she has demonstrated a deep commitment to people, including YNHHS patients and their loved ones; employees, physicians and volunteers; and members of the communities the health system serves.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this System and the people in our communities for more than four decades,” Marna said in announcing her retirement. “Words cannot express my pride in and love for this Health System and the extraordinary people who answer the call every day on behalf of our patients and their families.”

Thank you, Marna, for your leadership, dedication and humanity. As you and your family open the next chapter, all of us at YNHHS wish you the best!

Marna in the 1980s. Since joining Yale New Haven Hospital in 1979 as an administrative fellow, she has “brought an unmistakable blend of commitment and vision throughout her career,” according to Vince Calarco, chair of the YNHHS Board of Trustees.

Marna at the groundbreaking for Smilow Cancer Hospital in 2006. Since opening in 2009, Smilow has been at the forefront of major advances in cancer care, and has expanded to include care centers throughout the state.  

Marna Borgstrom (right) and Christopher O’Connor, then YNHHS executive vice president and chief operating officer, joked with employees at the Yale New Haven Hospital Quarter Century Club dinner in 2013. O’Connor will become YNHHS’ next CEO after Marna’s retirement.