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Release Date: 11/01/2016

Gail E. Costa, of Cranston, RI, has been selected as the 2016 Strategist of the Year by the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy (NESHS). She serves as the senior vice president and chief strategy officer for the Care New England Health System, based in Providence, RI. The award was presented at the NESHS Fall Conference on October 21, 2016.

The leading professional society for health care strategists in New England, NESHS recognized Costa for her professional accomplishments, mentoring of colleagues, and contributions to NESHS as a former board member and president.

Costa has been with Care New England for 20 years, and was promoted to her current role three years ago. Prior to that, she served as the vice president for planning and the director of the Physician Hospital Organization at Women & Infants Hospital. Early in her career, she worked in various positions in state health policy, health insurance and managed care.

Costa earned a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from Brown University.

Throughout her career, Gail has been recognized for her ability to guide regional health care organizations and programs in progressive directions and achieve constructive change. In addition to her work with NESHS, she has served on the Board of Directors of the American Hospital Association Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Council.