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CVH opened in 1868 as the state’s public hospital for the treatment of persons with mental illness and remains the largest of all DMHAS facilities. CVH has 386 inpatient beds, serving both substance use and mental health treatment, and 1,500 employees with locations in Middletown and HartfordLearn More about Connecticut Valley Hospital 


About the Chief Executive Officer

Lakisha E. Hyatt, MSN, RN is a wife, a mom, and a servant. Her faith in God is her foundation. Committed to a life of service, Mrs. Hyatt is an executive, a public and community servant, a life coach, public speaker, academic lecturer, teacher, and minister.

Mrs. Hyatt serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the largest state funded inpatient psychiatric and addiction services hospital in Connecticut, certified to serve 361 Connecticut residents and employs over 1,100 employees. She is the first African-American to serve in that capacity. Mrs. Hyatt is an advanced practice prepared Registered Nurse with more than 25 years of nursing experience and more than 15 years as a senior executive healthcare leader and educator. 

Mrs. Hyatt graduated from the University of Connecticut with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University. She has served as clinical faculty for University of Connecticut and Yale University School of Nursing.  She is a licensed and credentialed minister for the Church of God, Tennessee. Mrs. Hyatt has received additional training and certifications in the areas of pastoral counseling, a certified mediator, and certification in health and wellness coaching.