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Bridgeport Hospital CEO leaves for Pennsylvania job

September 25, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport Hospital President and CEO William Jennings will leave the post, and the hospital’s chief medical officer, Dr. Michael Ivy, will become the hospital’s interim CEO.

Jennings has accepted a role as president and CEO of Reading Hospital in Pennsylvania, which takes effect in early October, according to Marna Borgstrom, CEO of Yale New Haven Health System and Newman Marsilius III, chair of the hospital board of trustees.

Jennings joined Bridgeport Hospital in 2010 and served concurrently as executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health. He was previously president of SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis.

Ivy has been chief medical officer of Bridgeport Hospital since 2012 and chief medical officer of the Yale New Haven Health System since 2016.

“The journey Bill Jennings has taken us on for the last eight years has been remarkable,” said Ivy in a news release. “He truly transformed this organization through his unwavering commitment to patient-centered care and clinical quality. I will do my utmost to carry on the great strides forward that Bill’s leadership inspired.”

In addition, Dr. Ryan O’Connell has agreed to serve as interim chief medical officer beginning in October. He has been Bridgeport Hospital’s vice president of performance and risk management for the last six years.

Ivy began his medical career in the Navy and joined Bridgeport Hospital over 20 years ago as chief of trauma, burns and surgical critical care. In 2007, he became vice president of Performance and Risk Management.

O’Connell earned his medical degree from New York University and completed an Internal Medicine residency and Medical Informatics fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was a primary care physician before joining Bridgeport Hospital to lead medical informatics initiatives. He has also been a member of the hospital medicine team and most recently cared for patients in the primary care clinic.

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