Bridgeport Hospital CEO receives United Way award

William M. Jennings, president and CEO of Bridgeport Hospital and executive vice president, Yale New Haven Health, has received the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County Bridgeport Prospers Partnership Award.

The award, presented May 16 during the 2018 Live United Celebration in Bridgeport, recognizes community partners and organizations that help break down barriers keeping children from becoming intellectual and economic drivers of the future.

“We have chosen to honor you for your vision and understanding of how collective impact improves the lives of children and families in the Greater Bridgeport area,” said Merle Berke-Schlessel, president and CEO of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. “With your leadership and Bridgeport Hospital’s partnership, we are building a framework of key stakeholders aligning efforts to best serve families.”

Jennings has served as president and CEO of Bridgeport Hospital and executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health since October 2010. During his tenure, the hospital has made significant strides in improving patient safety and quality, and developing a more patient- and family-centered environment of care.

Prior to assuming his current role, Jennings was president and CEO of SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, MO, 2007-2010. He was administrator and chief operating officer and corporate vice president of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, FL, 1999-2006.

Jennings serves on the Board of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Diversified Network Services Board of the Connecticut Hospital Association as well as the Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Directors. He is also on the Board of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and a representative of the State of Connecticut on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board.

Jennings earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University in Ohio and a master of health administration degree from The Ohio State University. In 2012 he was elected, and remains, American College of Healthcare Executives’ Regent for Connecticut. He resides in Fairfield with his wife, Kristin.

William Jennings accepts the Bridgeport Prospers Partnership Award from Merle Berke-Schlessel, president and CEO of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.

William Jennings accepts the Bridgeport Prospers Partnership Award from Merle Berke-Schlessel, president and CEO of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.

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