Dr. Daniel S. Gottschall has been elected chairman of the board of directors for St. Vincent\u2019s 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\u2019s 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. \u201cSt. Vincent\u2019s has a special dedication and commitment to its mission and meeting the needs of greater Bridgeport,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s a spiritual aspect here that wraps patients and their families in a blanket of safety, caring for their well-being \u2014 mind, body and spirit. \u201cAs physician and board chair, I can assure you that St. Vincent\u2019s will continue to be a beacon of vision and hope for our community,\u201d he said. Joined the St. V\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019s, 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\u2019s Health. A fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association, Gottschall also is also a member of Women\u2019s Health Connecticut. In his private practice, he is a member of Alliance for Women\u2019s Health in Bridgeport, a division of Women\u2019s Health Connecticut. The Trumbull resident is married with four children. About St. Vincent\u2019s St. Vincent\u2019s Health Services is a member of Ascension Health, the nation\u2019s largest Catholic and largest nonprofit healthcare system. It includes: \u2014 St. Vincent\u2019s 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. \u2014 St. Vincent\u2019s College, which provides an education in nursing, allied health and the liberal arts and sciences \u2014 St. Vincent\u2019s Special Needs Services, a provider of specialized lifelong education and therapeutic programs for children and adults with multiple developmental disabilities \u2014 St. Vincent\u2019s 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\u2019s 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. Learn more at www.stvincents.org.