President Joanne Berger-Sweeney Joins Hartford Hospital Board

February 12, 2015 – Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College President and professor of neuroscience, has been appointed to the board of directors of Hartford Hospital.

Hartford Hospital, founded in 1854, is one of the largest teaching hospitals and tertiary care centers in New England. It is a member of Hartford HealthCare, which aspires to be the next generation of integrated health systems, marked by strong patient focus, heightened efficiency, and consistent quality performance.

Hartford Hospital is an 867-bed regional referral center that provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines. Among its divisions is The Institute of Living, the hospital’s psychiatric division with a national and international reputation of excellence. Hartford Hospital is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, bringing the most advanced cancer care to its community.

The hospital boasts a world class medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and dentists within 18 departments, supported by 7,000 nurses and staff members. In 2012, the hospital had over 41,000 discharges and almost 100,000 emergency department visits. It performed over 36,000 surgeries in 42 operating rooms and delivered almost 3,700 babies that year. The hospital has received numerous awards and recognition, including being ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s latest regional ranking of hospitals.

Hartford Hospital’s major centers of clinical excellence include cardiology, oncology, emergency services and trauma, mental health, women's health, orthopedics, bloodless surgery and advanced organ transplantation. Hartford Hospital performed the first successful heart transplant in the state, and pioneered the use of robotics in surgery. The hospital owns and operates the state's first air ambulance system, LIFE STAR.

Berger-Sweeney, who joined Trinity College on July 1, 2014, served previously at Tufts University as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to Tufts, she was at Wellesley College, where she served for 19 years as a faculty member and associate dean. She received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from Wellesley College, an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Health (INSERM) in Paris, France.