Joseph Laveneziana, executive director of Facilities and Security at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, was named St. Vincent’s 2013 Employee of the Year. Lavenziana has been with St. Vincent’s Health Services for 24 years. According to a news release from St. Vincent’s, Lavenziana was recognized “not only for his dedication and commitment, but for his extraordinary leadership and reliability during the two major storms” — Sandy and the February blizzard, both of which put quite a strain on the community at large.
Described as a “servant leader” with “impeccable moral character” and “the highest levels of integrity” by his colleagues, Lavenziana oversees the hospital’s safety and security team who must be trained, prepared and primed for any number of security and emergency situations that might arise. He also coordinates campus-wide safety awareness, training and drills in order to keep each and every St. Vincent’s employee in step with safety and security protocol.
Lavenziana, a resident of Shelton, was hired by St. Vincent’s in 1989 as the Medical Center Director of Safety and Security. By 1992, he was chairperson for the Emergency Preparedness Committee and Program and also assumed responsibility for oversight in regulatory compliance as it relates to safety and environment of care. Lavenziana was promoted to his current role as executive director of Facilities, Safety and Security in 2012.