David Whitehead

David Whitehead

EVP & Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer
Hartford HealthCare

David A. Whitehead is a Hartford HealthCare Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. He oversees strategic planning, communications, marketing and business development for Hartford HealthCare.

Since 2013, Whitehead served as a Hartford HealthCare Senior Vice President and President of the East Region, which includes Backus Hospital, Windham Hospital and a growing number of outpatient and ambulatory centers throughout Eastern Connecticut.

A leading healthcare executive for many years, he has successfully balanced strategy, finances, rapid-cycle change and the need to put patients first — always.

Prior to joining Hartford HealthCare, Whitehead was Backus Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2009.

He has been very involved with a wide variety of community organizations. He has held leadership positions on the boards of the United Way, Norwich Free Academy, Three Rivers Community College, Hospice Southeastern Connecticut and he served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. He was named the Eastern Connecticut Citizen of the Year in 2003.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Eastern Connecticut State University, and he holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Science in Labor Relations, both from the University of New Haven.


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