Matthew R. Kenney, Ph.D., Named as Vice President, Mission & Ethics

(Hartford, Conn.  January 9, 2015) – Saint Francis Care has named Matthew R. Kenney, Ph.D., to the position of Vice President, Mission & Ethics. 

In this role, Dr. Kenney is responsible for promoting and integrating Saint Francis’ Mission and Core Values to help create an ethical, spiritual and healing environment throughout the Hospital system.  

Dr. Kenney was appointed interim Vice President, Mission Integration in April, 2014.  He joined Saint Francis as a Clinical Ethicist in 2012. Prior to joining the Saint Francis family he served as Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield. 

Dr. Kenney holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology, along with a certification in bioethics from the Center for Health Care Ethics at Duquesne University. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in bioethics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, as well as advance practice nursing ethics and theology courses at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford. Dr. Kenney also serves as a consultant at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport and St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.  He has presented ethics grand rounds and workshops on a wide range of bioethical issues ranging from ethical considerations at the origin of life to withholding and withdrawing medical treatment, and has provided expert testimony to various state legislatures on a range of ethical issues.   

About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services are also Saint Francis Care Partners.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit