Scott Ellner, D.O., of Avon, Honored as a Healthcare Hero

(Hartford, Conn. July 1, 2015) –Avon resident Scott Ellner, D.O., MHCM, FACS, President of the Saint Francis Medical Group, Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, and Director of Surgical Quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has been named as a 2015 Healthcare Hero by the Connecticut Hospital Association. 

For six years, Ellner has been at the forefront of the regional and national charge to improve patient safety and surgical outcomes.  His work has led to lower infection rates, faster recoveries, shorter hospitalizations – and has saved lives. 

Ellner established the Saint Francis Surgical Safety Task Force.  He also is the founding member of the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative, an initiative that brings together 22 Connecticut hospitals and three state medical groups to improve patient safety in all surgeries, and has taken the lead in securing grants to help fund and coordinate the training of surgical teams at the participating hospitals. 

In 2013, he was named by Becker’s Hospital Review one of the 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety.  In 2015, he was the inaugural recipient of the Roger Schenke Award from the American Association for Physician Leadership, which honors those who have exhibited innovation in creating education or training programs to advance physician leadership and improve healthcare. 


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, is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  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