Saint Francis Care Hires Two New Leadership Executives, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, and Vice President/Chief Information Officer

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Saint Francis Care of Hartford, Connecticut, has hired Dawn Bryant as its SVP and Chief Human Resource Officer, and Linda Shanley as its VP/Chief Information Officer. MSA Executive Search/Integrated Healthcare Strategies was the retained healthcare executive search firm.

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We previously worked with Saint Francis Care, which is one of the largest hospitals in Connecticut, to place its current President and CEO. We were very pleased to accept the request to assist them again with searches to bring in a new CHRO and CIO.

MSA Executive Search, the executive search practice of Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a national compensation and human resource consulting firm dedicated exclusively to healthcare, announced today that Hartford, CT health system, Saint Francis Care, has placed two new leadership positions. Dawn Byant will assume the role of SVP and Chief Human Resource Officer, and Linda Shanley will assume the role of VP/Chief Information Officer.

“We previously worked with Saint Francis Care, which is one of the largest hospitals in Connecticut, to place its current President and Chief Executive Officer. We were very pleased to accept the request to assist them again with searches to bring in a new CHRO and CIO,” said Jane Groves, Executive Vice President and Practice Leader of executive search for Integrated Healthcare Strategies.

The SVP and CHRO position is a key member of the organization’s executive leadership team. In this role, Ms. Bryant is responsible for leading mission-critical human resource strategies that focus on enhancing employee engagement, workforce development, and the integration of solid human resource processes across the organization.

Bryant serves as a strategic and operational leader, and supports, develops, and leads systems that align the organization’s human capital with the vision and direction of the organization.

For this candidate, Saint Francis Care required MSA Executive Search to produce an individual with a proven record of implementing strategic initiatives, establishing a high level of service, improving employee engagement, and creating a culture of accountability. It was critical that the hired individual possess superior interpersonal skills, and success implementing progressive human resource-related initiatives.

Ms. Bryant’s extensive experience in similar roles deemed her the ideal candidate for the position. Prior to Joining Saint Francis Care, Ms. Bryant was the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for a hospital that in 2002 became a part of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care system. Bryant also held the role of Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness where she oversaw Human Resources and Organizational Development in a fast-growing managed health care plan with approximately 600 employees and 30% market share in Kansas City. Bryant received a M.S. in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and a B.S. in English Education from the University of Kansas.

The VP/CIO role provides overall leadership for the information technology division, and works closely with the senior management team on all information technology initiatives. In this position, Ms. Shanley transforms strategic priorities into information technology initiatives that promote the continued development for Saint Francis Care to become a virtually integrated delivery system. A strategic and operational leadership role, Shanley supports, develops, and leads initiatives that align the organization’s information technology with the vision and direction of the organization.

For the ideal candidate in this position, Saint Francis Care tasked MSA Executive Search with finding an individual that held a proven track record for building successful IT departments in organizations that have been consistently ahead of the curve in their adoption of best practices technology compared to other hospitals and health systems nationwide. Experience evaluating, selecting, and implementing a wide variety of applications and network systems was essential, as was the ability to take a proactive approach to problem solving - acting as a trusted advisor to management system-wide.

Ms. Shanley, with a history of over 16 years in information technology leadership roles, possessed all the essential experience and characteristics. Prior to joining Saint Francis Care, Shanley held a Chief Information Officer position that provided business leadership and vision for the strategic planning, management, and implementation of information systems in support of the mission and strategic goals of the organization. Shanley obtained her MBA from the University of Hartford- West Hartford, Connecticut, and a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Connecticut.

Saint Francis Care has earned the distinction as a “Solucient Top 100 Hospital” nine times. It was named a “Top 50 Leapfrog Hospital,” meeting the stringent quality and safety standards established by the Leapfrog Group, a consortium of Fortune 500 companies and other large healthcare purchasers. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has also been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, a list published by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The Hospital has been an anchor institution in North Central Connecticut since its founding in 1897 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is one of the largest hospitals in Connecticut and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. For more information, please visit

About Integrated Healthcare Strategies
Integrated Healthcare Strategies provides healthcare organizations with direct access to a comprehensive array of healthcare-specific services, delivered by professionals from the industry who understand the rigors of running a healthcare organization – from the lunchroom to the Board Room. Its client list is a “who’s who” of healthcare organizations including over 1,200 major healthcare providers, 1,800 hospitals and 700 independent and affiliated medical groups. Integrated Healthcare Strategies specializes in the areas of physician strategy and compensation, employee compensation, executive compensation, human resource solutions, labor relations, leadership transition planning, executive search, compensation and employee engagement surveys, performance management, board governance solutions, and M&A transition issues. Visit


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