Lisa Brady Schmittgall began preparing for her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at St. Joseph’s Health when she joined the Girl Scouts in her small Illinois community. Through the Girl Scout’s overnight summer camp, she began learning life skills, building relationships, and gaining confidence. Years later, Ms. Brady Schmittgall would assume multiple jobs to put herself through college, calling again on the resourceful spirit and courage she learned through her Girl Scouting years.
Ms. Brady Schmittgall’s career began as a strategy consultant to healthcare providers throughout the country. She then served as SVP, Chief Strategy Officer, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois, for ten years. Subsequently, Ms. Brady Schmittgall moved to the East Coast as SVP and COO, as well as Vice President, Planning and Business Development at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, where she was responsible for the overall operations of the community teaching hospital. When the hospital merged, she assumed the role of SVP, Strategy and System Development at Western Connecticut Health Network in Danbury, where she led the formulation of a system-wide strategic plan, the development of an overall marketing and branding strategy, and the development of a Network-wide physician resource plan.
Nearly four years ago, Ms. Brady Schmittgall joined St. Joseph’s Health, a Paterson, New Jersey-based not-for-profit healthcare and hospital system sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. The organization is a top provider of charity care throughout the state and includes leading physicians and world-class services, a trauma center, Children’s Hospital, Wayne campus, and Healthcare & Rehab Center.
Looking to give back to her community, Ms. Brady Schmittgall has served as a Board Member of the YWCA, Aurora, IL; United Way, Aurora, IL; Sunnymere Retirement Center, Aurora, IL, and served as teaching faculty after earning her Master of Science Degree from Rush University in Chicago. She currently sits on the Policy Development Committee at New Jersey Hospital Association and is a Board Member at Metro YMCA.
Most of her career, Ms. Brady Schmittgall lived in Chicago – even
after meeting and then marrying a NYC firefighter at Wrigley Field.
She lives with her husband and 7-year-old twins in Rockland County,
where her daughter Anna is a proud member of her Girl Scout Daisy
troop, embarking on her own journey toward independence and