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St. Vincent’s CEO Named to National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter Board of Trustees

December 17, 2012

Susan Davis Joins Connecticut Chapter Board

EASTON, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has named Easton resident, Susan Davis, Ed.D., R.N. to join its Board of Trustees.

Since 2004, Davis has worked as president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Services in Bridgeport. As CEO, Davis oversees the entire $570 million integrated health system that includes: St. Vincent’s Medical Center; St. Vincent’s College, St. Vincent’s Special Needs, Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health System and St. Vincent’s Foundation.

Susan DavisIn addition to her work with St. Vincent’s, Davis is also the ministry market leader for Ascension Health, based in St. Louis, Mo., providing leadership and strategic direction to the New York-Connecticut Ministries. She also is president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health Services, based in Pensacola, Fla.

Davis was diagnosed with MS in 2005.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Davis, who was honored by the Connecticut Chapter with a Corporate Achiever Award in 2009. “I look forward to bringing the voice of those living with MS to the table.”

Davis received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., and her Master of Arts degree in nursing administration from Columbia University in New York, N.Y. Davis received her Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in management from Columbia University. From 1986 to 2004, Davis worked at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Davis is a longtime supporter of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and other civic and nonprofit organizations. She currently serves as chairperson of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and has been actively involved in the United Way, Hospice and the American Cancer Society in New York and Connecticut. Davis has received both local and national recognition for her commitment to volunteerism and community.

“Dr. Davis is an influential member of her community who has demonstrated her dedication and support of our important work in the fight against multiple sclerosis,” said Lisa Gerrol, chapter president. “We are so pleased that she has joined our Board of Trustees and is so willing to continue and increase her involvement with our chapter and share her expertise and knowledge.”

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Davis, live with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease for which there is no cure. Funds raised by the chapter through events, such as Walk MS, fund scientific research and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter to people in Connecticut diagnosed with MS.

To learn more about MS, its effects and the many ways the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter assists those living with MS, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

12/17/12

About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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