Fairfield resident William M. Jennings, president and chief executive officer of Bridgeport Hospital and executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS), has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between ACHE and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services and activities within their respective areas.
Jennings will take office at the Council of Regents meeting on March 9, during ACHE’s 56th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. As a regent, Jennings will represent ACHE’s membership in Connecticut.
Jennings has served as president and CEO of Bridgeport Hospital and executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health System since 2010. Under his leadership, Bridgeport Hospital has made significant strides in patient safety and quality improvement. The hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 as best in Fairfield County in Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology.
In addition, a number of transformational facility enhancements have taken place under Jennings’ leadership, including a complete remodeling of the hospital’s main lobby, the extensive modernization of The Connecticut Burn Center and the opening of the Trumbull Radiation Oncology Center.
“As a key member of the Yale New Haven Health System senior leadership team, Bill has done an exceptional job of advancing our strategic focus on patient care quality and safety,” said Marna P. Borgstrom, president and CEO of YNHHS. “Bill is committed to developing and mentoring the next generation of healthcare executives and his leadership at ACHE will help to advance that.”
Before joining Bridgeport Hospital, Jennings served from 2007 to 2010 as president and CEO of SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, Mo., and from 2008 to 2010 as president of the SSM St. Louis Heart Institute. He was previously administrator and chief operating officer and corporate vice president of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, Fla., from 1999 to 2006.
Jennings was also COO, administrator and interim CEO at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, Tenn., and executive manager at Norton Health System in Louisville, Ky.
Jennings and his wife, Kristin, have two children, Sarah and Mason. Jennings received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University in Ohio and a master of health administration degree from Ohio State University.