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Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Adds New Roles to Help Boost Hospital Collaboration and Improve Medical Outcomes

Mar 06, 2017

TINTON FALLS, NJAs a family of hospitals dedicated to building the future of veterinary medicine and putting pets and their owners at the center of care, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is proud to announce the addition of three new roles to its leadership team in order to better serve its patients and partner hospitals.

The Compassion-First leadership team welcomes a Director of Collaboration, a Director of Team Performance, and a Director of Social Responsibility, all of whom will continue their present roles at their own home hospitals while also contributing to increasing collaboration between partner hospitals and promoting compassion-first care for pets and their owners.

As the Director of Collaboration, Dr. Sean Smarick of Allegheny Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty in Monroeville, PA will help find new ways of promoting collaboration among the hospitals that make up the Compassion-First family while emphasizing cooperation amid specialty groups. "Collaboration is critical for improving medical outcomes and employee morale," Dr. Smarick said, "and contributes significantly to employee retention and job satisfaction."

Dr. Matthew Rooney of Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists—with locations in both Boulder and Longmont, Colorado—has been named Director of Team Performance. "In practice, we all serve so many roles," Dr. Rooney said of his new responsibilities, "but now we can focus on the individual, ensure they are receiving the level of training and performance markers to enable the entire team to excel and collaborate more." As Director of Team Performance, Dr. Rooney will work to enhance the experience of pets and their owners when they visit Compassion-First hospitals by improving employee engagement and medical outcomes.

Taking on the role of Director of Social Responsibility (DOSR) is Dr. Jim Thomas, who currently serves both the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of Richmond and Midlothian, Virginia and the Central Animal Referral and Emergency Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. As DOSR, Dr. Thomas will be responsible for developing an umbrella nonprofit that embodies the values of the Compassion-First organization and working with individual hospitals to help ensure the best possible outcomes for pets and their owners. "Each hospital has a unique tie to their communities," said Dr. Thomas, "and we look forward to enhancing those relationships and creating a greater impact to improve the lives of pets."

Dr. John Corsale, Chief Operating Officer for Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, expressed his enthusiasm for the new roles and the doctors who will fill them. "I couldn't be more excited to have three talented veterinarians working collaboratively to redefine how we approach veterinary medicine, better understand how veterinary engagement impacts the patient and family, and enhance the role of veterinarians in our individual communities to provide the best available care for animals," Dr. Corsale said.

As Compassion-First continues to chart a course toward a future where veterinary medicine is defined by collaboration, cooperation, and compassionate care, these three new leadership roles will help to guide and define the future of the Compassion-First family of veterinary hospitals.

About Compassion-First Pet Hospitals

Founded in September 2014 by John Payne, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is a family of well-known and respected specialty, emergency, and hybrid veterinary hospitals dedicated to providing the best in compassionate veterinary care while also empowering individual hospitals to grow and evolve according to the specific needs of their patients. Located throughout the United States, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals can be found in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.

More Information

Visit for a complete list of hospitals, or for more information please call 732-704-9222 to reach Compassion-First Pet Hospitals in Tinton Falls, NJ directly.

Media Contact:

Lauren Carroll

Director of Marketing, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals
Phone: 732-704-9222



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