Executive Staff

Vincent G. Capece, Jr.

Vincent G. Capece, Jr., is President and CEO of Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. Prior to his current position, Mr. Capece held several executive positions at Middlesex since 1998, including Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, and Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Middlesex Hospital, he was the Director of Accounting at Bridgeport Hospital, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of that hospital's financial operations, including internal and external financial reporting for the hospital and its affiliates, a position he held since 1990. From 1985-1990, Mr. Capece served as Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen LLP.

Mr. Capece received a Master’s in Business Administration and a B.S. in Accounting, magna cum laude, from the University of Connecticut. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Capece is currently a board member of VHA Northeast, the Middlesex County Community Foundation, Inc., the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, and a past board member of the Middlesex United Way. His professional memberships include the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

Jacquelyn G. Calamari

Jacquelyn G. Calamari is Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Middlesex Hospital. Calamari has been a nurse manager at Middlesex Hospital since 1978.  Prior to her role as Vice President, she was director of emergency and inpatient services and director of the Emergency Department at the hospital. Calamari is a certified nurse executive/advanced. She received both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nursing from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford and also holds a Master of Science in Management from Rensselaer. She is also certified in emergency nursing. She is on the board of the Organization of Nurse Executives, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Emergency Nurses Association. She has received a Nightingale Award, the Sigma Theta Tau Leadership Award and the Nursing Leadership Award from the Connecticut Emergency Nurses Association.

Harry Evert

Harry Evert, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Operations. Mr. Evert joined the Hospital in 1980 as Radiology Administrator and was Vice President from 1984 until 2011, prior to his promotion to Senior Vice President. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut with a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration. Mr. Evert received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Wisconsin in 1970 and graduated from the Danbury Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in 1974 as a Certified and Registered Radiologic Technologist. Mr. Evert, who has been administratively responsible for a variety of the Hospital’s clinical and support departments, created the hospital-based primary care group (Middlesex Hospital Primary Care), the inpatient Hospitalist service, the Assisted Living facility and program (One MacDonough Place), and the Physician Manpower and Recruitment Plan. He was responsible for the acquisition of the Middlesex VNA and the Young Parents Assistance Program (Family Advocacy Program). He is also currently responsible for facilitating the strategic positioning and business development of Middlesex Health System, as well as the planning, Certificate of Need approval and direction of all major renovation and construction projects, which has included the Pregnancy and Birth Center/West Wing, the Outpatient Center, the Cancer Center, the Marlborough Medical Center, the Whelen Emergency Pavilion, the Critical Care Unit, and most recently the Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook.

David Giuffrida, P.E.

Mr. Giuffrida is Vice President, Facilities and Support Services. He is responsible for engineering and capital projects, as well as other related support services. Mr. Giuffrida, a licensed professional engineer, has been responsible for the engineering design and construction of capital projects such as the new Whelen Emergency Department, the Operating Suite renovation, numerous patient floor and radiology suite renovations, the new Critical Care Unit, and the Hospital's Combined Heat and Power plant.  Most recently, Mr. Giuffrida was responsible for the engineering and construction of the Hospital's new $30 million Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Fairfield University, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University. Mr. Giuffrida is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Healthcare Engineering, the Association of Energy Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association and the International Code Council.

Gary C. Havican

Gary C. Havican is Vice President, Operations. Mr. Havican is responsible for various clinical departments, in addition to the Hospital’s cancer program. Mr. Havican joined Middlesex Hospital as Cancer Center Administrative Director in 2008 and previous to his current position, was Director, Cancer Center & Oncology Services. Prior to coming to Middlesex, Mr. Havican was an administrative manager for The Carole & Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Between 1997 and 2006, he held various management positions at Hartford Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and Waterbury Hospital. Mr. Havican is also a licensed paramedic. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is board-certified in healthcare management. Mr. Havican received his bachelor’s degree in history from Western Connecticut State University, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Haven, and a Green Belt Certificate – Six Sigma (for organizational efficiencies). Mr. Havican is a board member of the Middlesex United Way Corporate Development Committee and the East Haddam-Moodus Little League, and served as chair of the 2010 United Way Campaign at Middlesex Hospital. He also served as chair and vice-chair of the American Heart Association, Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee (New England Region) and is a past president/CEO of the East Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Association, Inc. and an instructor for the Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS).  He has also received numerous awards for public service.

Ludwig Johnson

Lud Johnson, Vice President, Information Services has 35 years of Information Technology, Financial Management and Management Engineering experience. He is also the founder of Company 1 Consulting (1984), a consulting firm specializing in improving health care through the use of Information Technology. This unique experience has given him a broad insight to the industry and has increased the effectiveness of solutions for Middlesex. Mr. Johnson holds and undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University and Master of Science in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Susan Martin

Susan Martin, Vice President, Finance, joined the Hospital in October 1988 as the Accounting Manager and has held various other positions within the organization including Director of Finance of Integrated Resources for the Middlesex Area, LLC and Chief Compliance Officer of the Middlesex Health System. Ms. Martin holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hartford and she is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining the Hospital, Ms. Martin worked in Public Accounting and Manufacturing.

Laura A. Martino

Laura A. Martino, Vice President, Marketing and Development, joined the Hospital in 1996. She has over 25 years of experience in philanthropy and marketing.  Ms. Martino has served on the boards of New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Planned Giving Group of Connecticut and Leave a Legacy Connecticut, as well as numerous community agencies.  Additionally, Ms. Martino has administrative responsibilities for Volunteer Services, the Health Science Libraries, and the Hospital’s Community Benefit Program.  Ms. Martino received a bachelor of arts degree from Keene State College and studied at the Institute for Healthcare Philanthropy at the University of Wisconsin and Rensselaer at Hartford.

Arthur V. McDowell, M.D.

Arthur V. "Bud" McDowell, III, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Affairs, is a native of Middletown. After a 25-year career as a practicing cardiologist, he joined the Executive Staff in January 2008. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a medical degree from Albany Medical College. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology, past President of the Medical Staff and former Chairman of the Board of Middlesex Health System.

Gregory Nokes

Gregory B. Nokes, Vice President, Human Resources, joined the Hospital in 2007. Previously, he spent over 25 years in private law practice specializing in labor and employment matters.  As a partner in the law firms of McCarter & English, LLP and Cummings & Lockwood, LLC, he represented several Connecticut hospitals, including Middlesex.  Mr. Nokes holds a B.S. in Management from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Connecticut Law Review.

Jesse Wagner, M.D.

Jesse Wagner, M.D., a senior fellow in hospital medicine, is Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety. Dr. Wagner previously held the position of Patient Safety Officer at the Hospital. Prior to that he served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Chief of Hospital Medicine. Before coming to Middlesex Hospital, Dr. Wagner was a primary care internist at Lahey Hitchcock Clinic in Nashua, New Hampshire and an adjunct clinical professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, as well as medical director for two nursing homes in that area. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Cell Biology from Cornell University and obtained his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at both New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Wagner is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Society for Hospital Medicine and the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has received several awards for clinical and teaching excellence.

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