Donna Sassi, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

VP, Ambulatory Services & COI

Donna has more than 30 years of health care experience, with a focus in operational and labor relations, workforce planning, strategic planning and organizational development. She works closely with the leadership of Hartford Healthcare’s institutes and regions. She provides oversight of Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute for physician alignment, inpatient/outpatient surgical capacity, operations and growth and expansion opportunities for this service. Under her leadership, COI has achieved top-decile patient experience scores, and has earned advanced certification distinctions from The Joint Commission.

Donna was part of the transition from Meriden Wallingford Hospital to the MidState Medical Center campus creating a destination for orthopaedics at MidState. She has lead the transition team for MidState building projects which included a new emergency department, four-story building and hybrid OR. She has led the Perioperative Services system-wide council and now sits on the Boards for all HCC JV’s (Ambulatory Surgical and Endoscopy Centers).

Throughout her career, Donna has succeeded in a series of increasingly expansive and challenging responsibilities. Under her leadership as Senior Director of the Surgical and In-House Physician Assistants she was awarded Surgicenter Team of the Year in 2013 and as Senior Director of the Orthopedic and Spine Service Line she earned the Blue Distinction for Spine Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacements in 2011.

Donna is Board Certified by the ANCC as an Advanced Nurse Executive and holds a Master of Science in Nursing in Patient Care Service Administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Hartford and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Central Connecticut State University.

Donna was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut. She and her husband have two grown children, two granddaughters and one grandson, and make their home in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center