First physician is elected St. Vincent’s board chairman

Dr. Daniel S. Gottschall
Dr. Daniel S. Gottschall

Dr. Daniel S. Gottschall has been elected chairman of the board of directors for St. Vincent’s Health Services. It is the first time a physician has held the post at the Bridgeport-based organization that operates a hospital and related healthcare agencies.

The board chairman’s position traditionally had been affiliated with religious sisters for more than a century.

Gottschall will succeed Ruben Rodriguez, who was named the first lay chairman in 2009.

Gottschall said he is proud to be part of a high-quality health system. “St. Vincent’s has a special dedication and commitment to its mission and meeting the needs of greater Bridgeport,” he said. “There’s a spiritual aspect here that wraps patients and their families in a blanket of safety, caring for their well-being — mind, body and spirit.

“As physician and board chair, I can assure you that St. Vincent’s will continue to be a beacon of vision and hope for our community,” he said.

Joined the St. V’s staff in 1997

Gottschall received his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his internship and residency at the University of Connecticut. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Gottschall joined the staff of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in 1997 after serving as chief resident and clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut Health Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In addition to serving as vice chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Vincent’s, he has served in numerous hospital capacities at the hospital, including vice chairman of the board of trustees, past president of the medical staff, and medical director of the Seton Center for Women’s Health.

A fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association, Gottschall also is also a member of Women’s Health Connecticut. In his private practice, he is a member of Alliance for Women’s Health in Bridgeport, a division of Women’s Health Connecticut. The Trumbull resident is married with four children.

About St. Vincent’s

St. Vincent’s Health Services is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and largest nonprofit healthcare system.

It includes:

— St. Vincent’s Medical Center, a 473-bed community teaching and referral hospital with more than 500 affiliated physicians in more than 50 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

— St. Vincent’s College, which provides an education in nursing, allied health and the liberal arts and sciences

— St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services, a provider of specialized lifelong education and therapeutic programs for children and adults with multiple developmental disabilities

— St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, which offers cancer prevention and patient support programs for uninsured and under-insured residents.

Recently, U.S. News & World Report named St. Vincent’s the Best Hospital in Fairfield County and in all of Western Connecticut for 2013-14 and high performing in six specialties: Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Neurology and Neurosurgery; Pulmonology; and Urology.

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