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Lay Woman Named Chair Of St. Vincent's Medical Board In Bridgeport

The Rev. Al Forlano; Dr. Daniel Gottschall; Bill Hoey, vice president, mission services; Jean M. LaVecchia; Dr. Stuart G. Marcus, president and CEO; and Dale Danowski, senior vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer.
The Rev. Al Forlano; Dr. Daniel Gottschall; Bill Hoey, vice president, mission services; Jean M. LaVecchia; Dr. Stuart G. Marcus, president and CEO; and Dale Danowski, senior vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A lay woman has been named chair of the St. Vincent's Medical Center Board for the first time since the center was founded in 1903.

Jean M. LaVecchia was recently elected to succeed Daniel Gottschall, who had served as chairman since 2013.

"This a tremendous honor," said LaVecchia. "I'm proud to be part of this high quality health system.

"St. Vincent's has a special commitment to its mission of delivering compassionate care, especially to people who are struggling. As board chair, I can assure you that St. Vincent's will continue to be a beacon of excellence and hope for our community."

LaVecchia's seat had been largely affiliated with the Daughters of Charity for much of the past century.

"Jean's election brings a fresh perspective," said Gottschall, whose own tenure marked the first time a physician had led the board. "Her business and leadership experience will be real assets as St. Vincent's and the healthcare industry continue to experience unprecedented change. She is uniquely qualified to help guide St. Vincent's through this transformation as we strive to better serve our community, with special attention to those most in need."

Before taking her new position, LaVecchia served as vice president, human resources and ethics officer for the Northeast Utilities system, now Eversource.

As a member of the senior management committee, she was responsible for all facets of human resources.

While at NU, LaVecchia served on the board of its foundation and was instrumental in obtaining significant funding for the University of Connecticut's School of Engineering Sustainable Energy program and for revitalizing the technical program and scholarship opportunities for Naugatuck Valley Community College.

In addition, LaVecchia is former chair of the boards of the Achievement First Hartford Academy charter school system and the United Way of Greater New Haven.

She has also served as a member of the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education and on UConn's Business School Advisory Board.

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