Executive Team

St. Vincent’s executive team members serve as leaders for the entire system in its efforts to provide Healthcare That Works, Healthcare That is Safe, Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind.

In a spirit of collaboration and compassion, the team seeks to make decisions that will support the highest level of care and positively impact patients and families, employees and the community.

Fulfilling the mission of the Medical Center’s patron, St. Vincent de Paul, and carrying on the legacy of leadership of its founders, the Daughters of Charity, the Executive Team commits itself to serving as the compass for the organization, and to supporting the goal of spiritually-centered, holistic care for all persons, especially those who struggle most.

Bill Jennings

William Jennings

Senior Vice President, Hartford HealthCare, President, Fairfield Region

Mr. Jennings joined Hartford HealthCare as president of the Fairfield Region in July of 2021. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president for Tower Health, a six-hospital system in Pennsylvania, and president and CEO of the system’s flagship 714-bed Reading Hospital. Read More >>

Dale G. Danowski, RN, MBA

Vice President, Patient Care Services

Ms. Danowski joined St. Vincent’s as a staff nurse in 1981 and has held a number of nursing leadership positions. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of New Haven.

Christopher Given

Regional Vice President, Finance, Fairfield Region

Christopher Given joined St. Vincent’s in 2009 as the director of budget & business intelligence, and most recently served as senior vice president of Finance. Read More >>

Daniel S. Gottschall, MD

Vice President, Medical Affairs

Dr. Gottschall received his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his internship and residency at the University of Connecticut.  Read More >>

Bill Hoey, MAHCM, LCSW

Vice President, Mission Integration

Bill Hoey, MAHCM, LCSW, is responsible for overseeing all mission services and activities for St. Vincent’s Medical Center with continued responsibility for the Pastoral Care Department and the Parish Nurse Program. Read More >>

John Rossi

John F. Rossi, PMP, MBA

Vice President, Fairfield and System Operations, Hartford HealthCare

John joined Hartford HealthCare in 2014 to build a system project management office (PMO) to best manage top system priorities and resources. Read More >>

Deborah Lee

Deborah Lee

Vice President, Human Resources

Brigid Killelea

Brigid Killelea, MD, FACS

Director, Clinical Integration; Medical Director, Breast Surgery, Fairfield Region

Dr. Killelea attended medical school at the University of Connecticut and completed her surgical internship and residency at New York Medical College. Read More >>

Samuel Pueringer, MHASamuel Pueringer, MHA

Director of Strategy, Planning, Business Development and Communications, HHCMG and Fairfield Region

Samuel earned his BA from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and his Master of Health Administration from Tulane University in Louisiana. Prior to joining Hartford HealthCare, Samuel served in leadership roles in healthcare operations, strategy, finance and consulting. Read More >>

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