Retired Frisbie Hospital CEO is proud of his daughters’ healthcare careers
Jeff Scionti, outgoing CEO of Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, is a proud father of two daughters, both following in his footsteps with careers in healthcare.
Anna Scionti and Kathryn Burnham both work at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Both credit their father for helping to inspire their careers. Burnham is PRH’s Principal Ultrasound Technologist and Anna Scionti is a Registered Nurse in the Behavioral Health Unit at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Prior to Frisbie, Scionti worked at Parkland Medical Center, an HCA hospital in Derry, having started his HCA New Hampshire career nearly 35 years ago. He retires on June 18, having successfully led the Frisbie Memorial Hospital team through the transition from a self-contained community hospital to a membership in the HCA health system in New Hampshire.
“It’s quite special that my two daughters work in a hospital that I have been involved in for most of my life,” said Scionti. “Both started in Parkland, where I also worked. “
Scionti said he was 35 with HCA (Hospital Corporation of America), but 40 in healthcare.
“I started as an army lab technician,” he said. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I was interested in working locally. I worked in a hospital while I was on the reserve. about health care is that there are so many opportunities, so many places to go. A position has opened for a financial analyst. I had a master’s degree in commerce, so I went for it.
Scionti became CEO of Parkland in 2016 and continued in this role until 2020, serving 33 years at Parkland. When HCA asked him to take the lead in Frisbie’s transition to an HCA hospital, he said he welcomed the challenge.
“The ability to lead a hospital through changes like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said. “I welcomed it as my final transition.”
Many opportunities in the health sector
Watching him grow up, the girls from Scionti said that one thing they learned was that there were plenty of opportunities for someone who chose healthcare as a career path.
“I wanted my kids to have career paths where there were always opportunities,” said Scionti. “I am proud of them.”
“Being exposed to it, hearing its stories at work and meeting people certainly had an influence,” said Burnham.
“I have always been passionate about science and math,” said Burnham. “I spent a lot of time watching what my dad was doing in hospitals. My mom would take us to the cafeteria for lunch with him. I thought it was so exciting.”
Burnham said being PRH’s Senior Ultrasound Technologist is a job she loves.
“I love working with patients,” she says. “Like any job, there are good days and bad days, but that’s what I want to do. It’s exciting and technology is changing so there is always something new to learn.”
Anna Scionti did not start her studies in health care. She took a more roundabout journey.
“I went to Quinnipiac University, but initially I studied criminal justice with a view to going to law school. I found out that I didn’t like it at all. “
Anna said she always thought she would like to be a nurse.
“I talked to my mom, who works at Northern Essex Community College, and she got me ready for the prerequisite courses I would need. Then I did my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Regis College.”
Her first job as a nurse was as a mental health technician in Parkland.
“I moved to Portsmouth Regional and worked on the medical emergency floor for a while,” she said. “I realized my heart was in behavioral health and that’s where I am now.”