University of Connecticut

Joseph Bisson

Hospital Vice President Making a Difference in the Lives of Patients and Broader Community
Joseph Bisson, MSW ’93

Joseph Bisson is Vice President, Business Development Saint Raphael Healthcare System. He is responsible for strategic planning and business development for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System and the Hospital of Saint Raphael, a 511 bed major teaching hospital located in New Haven, Connecticut and affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine. His responsibilities include system affiliation strategies, clinical and operational business planning, joint ventures, medical staff development, physician outreach and recruitment, and competitive market analysis

Other Current and Past Leadership Positions:

I was previously Vice President for Business Development at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, and prior to that I served as Director of the Saint Francis Access Centers. I started in the Saint Francis system as the Administrator for Behavioral Health Services following the completion of my MSW, and after working for several years as a clinical program director and psychotherapist. I am currently Vice Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the UConn School of Social Work, and have served as an officer or trustee on numerous community and institutional boards over the past fifteen years.

What inspired you to become a social worker?

Early in my career I was very interested in becoming a family therapist, after working with patients and their families in an inpatient behavioral health setting. Later, it became clear to me that my training as a social worker was also directly applicable to working with larger groups, organizations and systems to affect positive change.

How has your education at the UConn SSW prepared you for your career?

My education at the UConn SSW provided me with a better understanding of human behavior and motivation. As a group work major, I learned a lot about group dynamics and gained a strong foundation in systems theory that I’ve been able to apply throughout my career in hospital and healthcare administration.

Was there one person or learning experience that had an impact on you?

It’s difficult for me to identify one person or learning experience that had the greatest impact on me. My experiences at UConn, both with my professors and my classmates, were uniformly positive. I came away from my studies with a great respect for the passion and commitment of the UConn SSW faculty, and that of my fellow students.

What has been your most rewarding accomplishment as a leader?

I have the opportunity, on a daily basis, to work with teams of talented professionals who are making a real difference in the lives of patients and the broader community. I enjoy working with groups and organizations to enhance the delivery of healthcare services in our region, and find the ‘team’ aspect of this work to be the most rewarding.