On November 14, 2012, Bo Connell assumed the position of Executive Director for the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for companion animals at Penn Vet’s Philadelphia campus.
Since joining Penn Vet, Mr. Connell’s number one priority has been to put the Ryan Hospital on a sustainable path that will ensure a successful future, enabling Penn Vet to fulfill its mission of enriching the lives of those we serve through collaboration, discovery, teaching, and clinical excellence.
By enhancing collaboration among numerous specialties and improving our operations, Mr. Connell hopes to focus our resources more strategically and promote the innovative spirit that has made Penn Vet a world leader.
“Prior to joining Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, I recall being impressed by the genuine commitment among the staff to the success of the hospital,” says Connell. “Since joining the team in November, I continue to be impressed by the dedication and collaboration that I see each day. It takes a team to win, and every day I’m reminded that I am on the winning team.”
Throughout the year, clients and colleagues will begin to see some noticeable changes at Ryan Hospital, beginning with new investments in our facilities and technology infrastructure. “These investments are necessary and will ensure that Ryan Hospital continues to be the veterinary hospital of choice for our clients and our partners in the veterinary community,” adds Connell. “We are particularly excited about the new electronic medical record system that we are developing. This initiative will allow us to consolidate patient information into one system that links to every other system within the hospital, and will greatly enhance our capability as a world-class research institution.”
In addition, Ryan Hospital will focus on developing the specialty care programs where Penn Vet leads the way as an innovator. “Penn Vet Leads is our motto,” says Connell. “And it’s true. Ryan Hospital provides a level of care, clinical expertise, and technology that is not available anywhere else.”
Mr. Connell comes to Penn Vet with years of experience in leadership, finance, planning, and healthcare administration. He previously served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), 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 held management positions in regional academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, and in the for-profit segment of healthcare.
Mr. Connell has directed due diligence teams to evaluate acquisition opportunities valued at more than $152 million; facilitated hospital-physician joint venture partnerships, 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, he brings extensive knowledge of academic teaching hospitals.
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.