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American Hospital Association Honors Hospital of Central Connecticut President

New Britain [May 11 2009] - The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the Connecticut Hospital Association, has awarded Hospital of Central Connecticut President and CEO Laurence A. Tanner the Partnership for Action Grassroots Champion Award.

The award recognizes one hospital leader in each state who most effectively educates elected officials on how major issues affect his or her hospital’s vital role in the community; who has done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital; and is a tireless advocate for his or hospital and its patients.

“Larry has made an incredible amount of difference in the lives of patients and their families here at the hospital, in Connecticut and in the U.S.,” said John F. (Jack) Barry, regional executive for the AHA’s Region One office.

Award winners were chosen by their state hospital associations and the awards announced at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting April 28 in Washington, D.C. On May 7, Barry visited The Hospital of Central Connecticut to personally present Tanner with the award at a hospital Board of Directors’ meeting.

Barry noted Tanner’s longtime support of the Connecticut Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association. He also praised Tanner’s willingness to work with his colleagues and legislators when an important healthcare issue or piece of legislation is being discussed.

Reading from an AHA award citation, Barry said, “Mr. Tanner has the distinction of never missing a CEO meeting with legislators in Hartford or Washington, D.C., providing significant leadership on matters such as Medicaid reimbursement. He truly understand the role of a grassroots advocate, and how well-considered messages from key constituents can tip the balance during debates at the state capitol or on Capitol Hill.”

“In his long and distinguished healthcare career, Larry Tanner has dedicated himself to ensuring that the most advanced health care is available to everyone who needs it, in our community, Connecticut and nationwide,” said Frank Miller, chairman of the hospital’s Board of Directors. “As president of The Hospital of Central Connecticut, he has forged partnerships with countless individuals, businesses and organizations to improve the health and well-being of the people in Central Connecticut.”

Tanner earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Rhode Island and his MPH in hospital administration from Yale University. He became New Britain General Hospital president in 1987, after serving as president and CEO of Bristol Hospital.

Tanner led New Britain General through its 2006 merger with Bradley Memorial Hospital into The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC). In 2007, the Hartford Business Journal named Tanner a Health Care Hero for his leadership during the merger.
In addition to serving as HCC president and CEO, Tanner is 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. He holds positions in many Alliance affiliates, including director, president and CEO of CenConn Services, Inc., a for-profit affiliate; chairman and a trustee of Jerome Home, a not-for-profit multi-level care facility in New Britain; and director of Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, Inc., Community Mental Health Affiliates and VNA of Central Connecticut.

Tanner is involved in numerous local, state and national organizations, serving as chair of the board of trustees of the Capital Area Health Consortium and a member of the boards of directors of the Connecticut Hospital Association, the New Britain Chamber of Commerce and VHA Northeast. Tanner is also a member of the American Hospital Association’s Section for Metropolitan Hospitals governing council.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366














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