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October 27, 2023

St. Francis Hospital President Burke to leave post; Trinity Health CFO Schneider departs

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED St. Francis Hospital President Thomas Burke.

Hartford-based St. Francis Hospital and its parent company are undergoing significant C-suite changes. 

Thomas Burke, who has served as president of St. Francis Hospital and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital for nearly three years, will leave his position in the coming weeks.

The hospitals are part of the Trinity Health Of New England system.

In a letter to colleagues obtained by the Hartford Business Journal, Burke indicated he will be transitioning to pursue other opportunities over the next several weeks. The exact date of Burke’s departure was unclear Friday. 

“This was not an easy decision for me, but it is the right time and came after much reflection and conversation with my family,” Burke said.

Burke indicated that over the next several weeks, he will be working with Dan Moen, Trinity Health Of New England’s senior vice president of hospital operations, on a transition plan.

Kaitlin Rocheleau, communications manager for Trinity Health Of New England, confirmed Burke’s pending departure.

Montez Carter, Trinity Health Of New England’s president and CEO, said Burke will remain in his role during a transition period, and a search for a new president will begin immediately.

“It is with mixed emotions that we share (that) Thomas Burke has announced in the coming weeks he will be leaving his role as president of St. Francis Hospital and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital,” Carter said.  

Burke was named president in 2020, following a national search. He originally started working at St. Francis in 2016, and became interim president in May 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He replaced former president of St. Francis John Rodis. 

“During his time as president, Tom led the St. Francis team through significant change, including the COVID-19 pandemic,” Carter said. “Tom was instrumental in our region's COVID-19 vaccine distribution to both colleagues and the community.” 

Meanwhile, Jennifer Schneider has left her position as Trinity Health Of New England’s regional chief financial officer, a role she held for the past four years. She has relocated down south, according to Trinity Health. 

Sean Fitzpatrick, a certified public accountant, has joined Trinity Health as its interim regional chief financial officer, the organization said. 

Carter, the CEO, is also relatively new to his position. He was named Trinity Health’s CEO in September 2022, following the departure of Reginald Eadie.

In fiscal year 2022, St. Francis Hospital reported a $20.5 million operating surplus, down from a nearly $111 million surplus a year earlier, according to the Office of Health Strategy. 

Trinity Health Of New England, meanwhile, reported a $46 million loss from operations in fiscal 2022 vs. a $34.7 million surplus a year earlier. 

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