Susan I. Belanger
Named Covenant Health Systems’ Senior Vice President of Mission Integration
Pictured above: Susan I. Belanger in St. Joseph Hospital chapel.
Recently, Susan I. Belanger, Ph.D., MA, RN, NEA-BC, was named Covenant Health Systems’ Senior Vice President of Mission Integration. In this important position, Susan will provide strategic leadership to ensure the organization’s mission, values and heritage are fully integrated into all its operations and that its promise of sponsorship and Catholic identity remain paramount. Susan will also serve as the system ethicist and be responsible for promoting practices that enhance ethical awareness even while delivering high-quality health care.
“Susan is well-known and respected throughout our health care system,” shared Gerard J. Foley, Esq., FACHE and President/CEO of Covenant Health Systems. “She brings extensive experience in nursing leadership, education and ethics to this position. Her considerable impact is highly valued.”
Susan earned a BSN from the University of Maine, and her MSN from The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. She then completed her Ph.D. from CUA and went on to earn a post-doctoral master’s degree in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University in Chicago. In 2017, Susan was appointed System Ethicist for Covenant Health and most recently served as Interim Senior Vice President for Mission Integration. In addition, she is a board-certified Nurse Administrator – Advanced (NEA-BC) and certified in the Fundamentals of Magnet. Susan serves on two national boards for Osteopathic Physicians: the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). She is also an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where she teaches ethics to graduate nursing students.
Commitment to Our Catholic Identity
“Our primary goal is to honor the legacy of our religious sponsors and maintain the Catholic identity of Covenant’s health care ministries,” says Susan. “As lay leaders and stewards, we’re charged with continuing to deliver compassionate, high-quality care that aligns with Catholic teachings. I look forward to helping ensure we remain true to that commitment.”
About Covenant Health System
Covenant Health System (CHS) is a Public Juridic Person of Pontifical Right (PJP). PJP is a canon law term for a group operating in the name of the Catholic Church. CHS’ unique status became official in 1996 after the founders of our health care system, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, or “Grey Nuns,” transitioned to a lay model of sponsorship.
St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua is a Covenant Health member.