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St. Francis CEO Sinnott stepping down

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WILMINGTON – Daniel Sinnott, president and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare, is resigning this month after nearly three years of leading the city’s second largest hospital, officials announced Wednesday morning.

Taking over for Sinnott effective July 31 will be current Saint Francis Healthcare Chief Operating Officer Brandon Harvath. He will serve as interim leader of day-to-day operations for the 219-bed St. Francis Hospital.

“Looking back on my time here, there is a lot of pride,” Sinnott told Delaware Business Times. “We’ve come a long way in terms of quality and our financial standing, and I’m proud to see us where we are today. It’s been a blessing to be a part of this.”

Sinnott returned to Saint Francis Healthcare in 2017 to again serve as president and CEO of the hospital after holding the helm from 1998 to 1999. He also previously served as chief operating officer of the Catholic-aligned organization’s health ministry from 1990 to 1995.

Sinnott said that he offered to resign when St. Francis’ parent organization, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, started looking for cost-cutting measures. In April, St. Francis furloughed some employees and reduced executives’ salaries.

“I always told people I would be here about three to five years and I hit my three years back in November. It was like I was called back here, but I like to say I’m the present, but Brandon is the future of St. Francis. I’m pleased to be a part of a great succession plan with a great candidate like Brandon to step up for our community and medical staff,” Sinnott said.

Looking ahead, Sinnott plans on taking time off but will return to Sinnott Executive Consulting with a unique focus on first-time CEOs and organizational turnarounds. He also plans to start writing a fourth book.

James Woodward, president and CEO of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, said that he remains grateful for Sinnott’s many contributions to St. Francis Healthcare over the years.

“Dan has been instrumental in Saint Francis Healthcare’s significant growth and clinical excellence, and we will miss his guidance, strategic focus and friendship,” Woodward said in a prepared statement. “In particular, we have appreciated his leadership as he guided the Saint Francis team during our battle against COVID-19.”

Brandon Harvath

Harvath has served Saint Francis as chief operating officer since April 2019. Previously, he served as vice president of operations for Wilmington- and Pittsburgh-based Highmark. He also previously held leadership roles for Cigna, Independence Blue Cross and MBNA America/Bank of America.

“It’s been nothing short of a privilege and an honor to step into this role for an incredible organization and team at St. Francis,” Harvath told DBT. “What challenges I think lie ahead will be assisting our patients to reach a healthy lifestyle when people are frankly afraid to come to their doctor’s office, and we have constant efforts to innovate care in terms of telemedicine and other options to see our patients safely and with care.”

Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is working to identify a permanent successor to Sinnott and plans to make a selection later this year.

By Katie Tabeling

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