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Mark “Bo” Connell joins Penn Vet as Executive Director of Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital

Published: Jan 18, 2013

[January 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA] – On November 14, 2012, Mark “Bo” Connell assumed the position of Executive Director for Penn Vet’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for companion animals at Penn Vet’s Philadelphia campus.

Mr. Connell comes to Penn Vet with years of experience in leadership, finance, planning, and healthcare administration. In the past, he served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Savannah College of Art and Design where he led the planning, development, and start-up of SCAD Hong Kong, the first US degree-granting institution to open in Hong Kong, and assisted with a $380-million operating and capital budget.

Prior to working at SCAD, Mr. Connell served as Director and Administrative Manager for Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA, where he developed business and financial plans, managed an ambulatory surgery expansion, increased outpatient surgical volumes by 35 percent, and established a ten-year strategic vision with measurable annual operating plans to meet objectives. Earlier in his career Mr. Connell served as the Director of Marketing for the New Hanover Health Network in North Carolina.

Mr. Connell has directed due diligence teams to evaluate acquisition opportunities valued at more than $152 million; facilitated hospital-physician joint venture partnership, resulting in revenue growth of $9 million; and created and managed an inpatient medicine program to reduce hospital operating costs by $1.5 million.

In addition to strategic planning experience, Mr. Connell brings extensive knowledge of academic teaching hospitals. His peers and colleagues uniformly describe him as an outstanding leader of great integrity.

Mr. Connell earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida, and a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Central Florida.

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling nearly 35,000 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles nearly 4,900 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

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