Saint Francis Hospital Foundation
Board Meeting 09/19/06
Present: Robert P. Albanesi, Robert D. Batch, Anthony J. Campanelli, Angelo J. Carrabba, M.D.,
Ranjana Chawla, R. Michael Curran, Christopher M. Dadlez, Edward P. Danek, Jr., Mary G.
Flaherty, Barbara L. Flynn, Robert J. Gfeller, M.D., Thomas J. Godar, Ronald D. Jarvis, Robert M.
Jeresaty, M.D., Peter G. Kelly, Robert M. Levin, John R. Longo, James B. Lyon, Most Reverend
Henry J. Mansell, Timothy J. Moynihan, Denis F. Mullane, Daniel P. O’Connell, Pauline N. Olsen,
Howard W. Orr, Sheila Perretta, Dennis J. Rusconi, Susan J. Sappington, Susan M. Scherer, Harold
A. Smullen and Bernard F. Wilbur, Jr.
Staff: Whitney Hubbs Dionne, Kristen Loparco, Paul Pendergast and Philip Rockwell.
Excused:, Geno Auriemma, Richard H. Booth, Gregory A. Boyko, John M. Burns, Howard L.
Carver, Bernard A. Clark, III, M.D., Brad Davis, David D’Eramo, Robert W. Fiondella, Brendan M.
Fox, M.D., Edward Gales, James F. Gleason, M.D., Chandler J. Howard, Joanne K. Hoye, Karl J.
Krapek, David A. Lentini, Bret Maffett, Merritt McDonough, Sr., Thomas F. Mullaney, Jr., Carol
M. Proom, William Reis, Steve Rosenberg and S. Jacob Scheinerman, M.D.
Call to Order: Peter Kelly
Peter Kelly welcomed board members, staff and guests.
Blessing: Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell
Archbishop Mansell offered a blessing for the day’s board meeting and the work of the Hospital.
Approval of Minutes: Peter Kelly
Upon motion, duly seconded, the minutes of the April 5, 2006 Foundation Board Meeting were
approved as presented.
Welcome: Chris Dadlez
Chris welcomed all board members, guests and staff and introduced Paul Pendergast, as the new
President and Chief Development Officer of the Foundation. This was Paul’s first meeting. Chris
again thanked the Search Committee for their efforts.
He was also happy to report that Saint Francis had been named a 2006 CareScience Select Practice
National Quality Leader by excelling in overall hospital quality and efficiency. Saint Francis is the
only hospital in the Greater Hartford area to receive this distinct honor. As a recipient of the 2006
Select Practice Quality Leader Award, the hospital is among the top 1% of performers across 4,500
acute care hospitals in the United States as identified by CareScience.
Presidents Report: Paul Pendergast
Paul Pendergast wanted the board to know that he is very happy to be a part of the Saint Francis
Family. He spent his first 90 days meeting with as many board members as possible. He plans to
meet personally with everyone on the board as well as with many Saint Francis colleagues and
outside friends of the hospital. He is impressed with the state of the Foundation. His vision for the
future is to build a strong base of annual contributors whose support will propel Saint Francis ever
higher in the years ahead. Paul is happy to report on our strategy for the future – building for
His goals are to:
1. Complete The Campaign for Saint Francis Care by 12/31/06.
2. Develop a fundraising plan that will assist the hospital in meeting the goals of its strategic plan.
3. Broaden the base of donors, establish a pyramid of gifts and a plan to move these donors up the
4. Develop more ways to touch our donors, resulting in more donations.
5. Increase the number of major gifts by reaching outside of the Hartford community and identify
and research potential prospects, i.e. Grateful Patients.
6. Improve and increase electronic outreach.
7. Improve overall communications with all Saint Francis family members, directors, donors, etc.
8. Review industry best practices and hone ours.
9. Identify and develop more targeted special events.
Board Engagement: Phil Rockwell
Phil Rockwell, Foundation Vice President, reported that in an effort to meet Foundation goals of
broadening our base of donors, we will look to energize and engage our Board for assistance. Paul
has met with many of you and in each meeting he has determined your specific interests which will
help us to identify your role in moving the Foundation forward.
We currently have two active committees. First, the Annual Giving/Major Gifts Committee will
focus on the New Century Society. The process will involve person-to-person contact with many of
our donors to request them to increase their gifts to higher New Century Society levels. The other
group is the Planned Giving/Valencia Society Committee. Since its inception in 1997, the Valencia
Society has recruited 243 members. We are planning the recognition plaque for these founding
members and we will have a ten-year celebration for September 2007.
Special Events, Annual Giving, Major Gifts and Planned Giving are all key aspects of a complete
Fund Development Program. We are currently identifying fundraising committees for these areas.
Our staff will assist board members with their assignments. We thank everyone for their support and
everything they do for Saint Francis.
Staff Realignment: Paul Pendergast
After a review of the staff, their responsibilities and an analysis of staffing needs, the following
adjustments were made to align our team with our new strategy for the future.
1. Phil Rockwell will lead a team to improve our baseline revenue results.
2. Kristen Loparco will become our Director of Strategic Development and Operations and will lead
the team that concentrates on increasing bottom line contributions and operational efficiencies.
3. Joel Hershberger joined our staff in August. He had served recently as Box Office Manager at
UConn Athletics. He will be working on our donor and community relations.
4. Amy Griffin joined our staff two weeks ago and will be our new Special Events Manager. Amy
comes to us from the Development department at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford.
5. Additional staffing considerations include hiring contractors for grant writing and donor research
and an administrative intern.
Paul also acknowledged the remaining staff, Whitney Hubbs Dionne, Sandra Sims, Sandy
Alexander, Laurie Mirable and Judy Birdsey. He said that the team is very committed to achieving
our goal of $5 million and to maximizing the growth of our “Spirit of Giving”.
Capital Campaign Progress Report: Susan Sappington
Susan recalled the 1992 - 1996 Campaign for Saint Francis/Mount Sinai, which was chaired
by Denis Mullane and raised $26.5 million. She thanked Denis and those persons who
helped with that campaign.
The current Capital Campaign has reached $24,997,730.67 as of 9/19/06, or 90% of the goal
of $27.8 million.
The campaign will conclude on 12/31/06. We plan to raise the remaining funds from the
o MIRACLES will contribute $750,000
o The Medical and Dental Staff will raise their remaining $400,000 by year end.
o The Women’s Auxiliary is considering a proposal for another $1,500,000 gift and we
are hopeful this will be a reality prior to the end of the year.
o We have submitted several grant proposals and we feel $100,000 is a very realistic
o We believe that a minimum of $100,000 can be raised from the completion of
existing capital campaign assignments.
Medical and Dental Staff Campaign Update: Dr. Robert Gfeller
The doctors’ campaign has raised $2,300,000 toward a goal of $2,700,000.
Chris Dadlez, Peter Kelly, Dr. Angelo Carrabba and Dr. Jeresaty, among other solicitors,
have been very helpful and diligent in helping us accomplish our goal.
Fourteen Medical groups have had department presentations. We thank Chris Dadlez and
Paul Pendergast for their assistance with these meetings.
Thanks to Phil, Whitney and Sandra, we have an organized plan for completing this
campaign. We will confirm all gifts in writing and emphasize how important every gift is.
Even a one time gift will increase our participation percentage and money raised.
We had a very successful Core Committee meeting with many members offering to solicit
more staff members.
Special Events Update: Kristen Loparco
Our two golf events, the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Rehabilitation Golf Classic and
the 17th Swing for Saint Francis, were the most successful in hospital history with more
participants and more money raised.
The Kate Kuhn Woodbury Memorial Lecture and “Fun Run” had a record number of
attendees and funds raised. We also enhanced the running event, with runner/walker
participation increasing from 7 to 50.
A new event this year, “Honoring Those Who Care”, hosted by Rosanna and Brad Davis in
honor of Dr. Peter Tutschka and the Cancer Center staff, was a great success. Proceeds
exceeded $110,000 and benefited the Cancer Center.
Many thanks to all the chairs, volunteers, staff and sponsors for their support and leadership
of these events. We recognize those that held leadership roles that are in attendance today
including Tony Campanelli, Bob Gfeller and Pauline Olsen.
Upcoming events include our Chamber Music Concert, 9/30/06 at 2:00, to benefit
Gynecological Oncology and Integrative Medicine. Our signature event, MIRACLES, will
be held on October 7th at the Connecticut Convention Center and will benefit our New
Beginnings Family Birth Care center.
Final Remarks: Peter Kelly
Peter Kelly thanked Board members for attending the meeting and asked each board member to
1. Board support is essential to the hospital strategic plan and to our future.
2. Committee assignments will be made and you will be contacted.
3. All solicitations must be completed by 12/31/06.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:35 a.m.
Barbara L. Flynn, Secretary
December 13th, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. at the Center for Health Enhancement, 95 Woodland Street,
Conference Room A (Annual Meeting).