As this issue of Yale Medicine was being prepared, Joseph A. Zaccagnino, M.P.H. ’70, president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and the Yale New Haven Health System since 1991, announced his retirement after 35 years at the hospital. He will retire effective September 30.

“My decision to retire was not an easy one, but it was made with the recognition that as time passes, the opportunities for new experiences and challenges as well as the flexibility to spend more time with family cannot be deferred indefinitely,” Zaccagnino said in a statement at the end of May. “I plan to continue to actively serve in the health care sector as an advisor to senior management and governing boards, by lecturing at the graduate level more frequently than has been possible recently and by serving on additional corporate boards.”

Zaccagnino began working at the hospital in 1970 under the mentorship of John D. Thompson, R.N., M.S., professor and director of the Program in Hospital Administration at the School of Public Health. By 1978, when he was 32, Zaccagnino had become executive vice president and chief operating officer of YNHH.

Over the next 27 years, under Zaccagnino’s leadership, the medical school’s primary teaching hospital grew into a health care system that operates three hospitals in Connecticut, has annual revenues of $1.5 billion, has 1,500 acute care beds and serves one out of every five hospitalized patients in the state. At YNHH Zaccagnino also oversaw construction of the Children’s Hospital and the renovation of adult patient care areas.

A search committee representing both the hospital and the health system is already at work seeking a successor, and a new CEO is expected to be named this summer.

In late July, Marna Borgstrom, M.P.H. '79, was named his successor. See news release.