Health Care: SEAN T. CONNAUGHTON

PRESIDENT AND CEO, VIRGINIA HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION, GLEN ALLEN

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Since 2014, Connaughton has led the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, which runs the state’s Healthcare Emergency Management Program with the Virginia Department of Health.

As president and CEO of the trade organization, he strives to support the sustainability of Virginia’s health care system, reduce health care costs and improve the health of Virginia residents. The association also tracks COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide.

A former Prince William County supervisor, Connaughton served as state transportation secretary under Gov. Bob McDonnell. Connaughton is a retired Naval Reserve commander and served on active duty with the Coast Guard. He is board chair and president of the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Foundation, an organization that aims to build an education center next to the 9/11 Memorial in Arlington.

Connaughton earned degrees in law, international affairs and marine transportation from George Mason University, Georgetown University and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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