Brian J. McKenna


Brian McKenna comes to the Healthcare Department with more than 35 years of senior healthcare management experience and leadership, having worked primarily within for-profit healthcare organizations. McKenna is currently the Director of Ancillaries, Specialties & Facilities for Compass Medical, P.C., a member of the Steward Health Care System. In his role at Compass Medical he oversees the Cardiovascular and Behavioral Health service lines, a moderate complexity laboratory processing more than one million tests annually, twelve specialty providers and more than 200,000 sq. ft. of medical space in eight locations throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. McKenna is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as the Department’s Faculty Advisor to ACHE’s Higher Education Network.

Before joining Compass Medical he was the Regional Director for Business Development, Hospital & Physician Relations within Kindred Healthcare’s Hospital Division. At Kindred he was responsible for strategic initiatives as well as hospital and physician relations for seven hospitals throughout Massachusetts. Prior to joining Kindred Healthcare, McKenna worked for Aveta Ancillary Services of New Jersey where he was responsible for developing and opening the Massachusetts market for the company’s Hospice Service Division, and ultimately bringing the Massachusetts Division to profitability. He was also responsible for securing Aveta’s Medicare certification and independent accreditation while expanding the Division throughout Central and Eastern Massachusetts.

McKenna has spent almost half of his career in hospital administration.  Prior to Aveta, he held senior leadership positions at Roger Williams Medical Center, National Medical Care and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has extensive experience developing and building relationships in the acute, post-acute, and physician sectors. McKenna brings a wealth of professional experience in business development, strategic initiatives and operations management of healthcare organizations to the classroom. He has been a faculty member of the Healthcare Administration Department at Stonehill College since 1996.

Professional Activities

  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Fellow
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Massachusetts                              


  • B.S., Stonehill College, Healthcare Administration
  • M.S., Lesley University, Health Services Management

Courses Taught

  • HC 301 Healthcare Communications
  • HC 335 Healthcare Employment Law
  • HC 336 Supervision & Leadership