Board of Directors

I want to thank the members of the Board of Directors for their guidance and support during Monday’s quarterly Board of Directors’ meeting. During the meeting, the board authorized STHCS to move ahead with plans to create a central office for our programs and also build a training center as part of the project. The training center will include several classrooms as well as state-of-the-art distance learning equipment to meet the health-care and health-improvement training needs of professionals and community members we serve. This project grew out of the Board of Directors’ strategic planning meetings. I’m very excited about taking this next step forward to meet the growing demand for our programs and services.

NYSARH Conference

I attended last week’s New York State Association for Rural Health meeting in Albany. The keynote speaker was Dr. James Knickman, who sadly is stepping down in January as the President and CEO of the New York State Health Foundation. Jim’s talk, “How will the Innovation and Integration Imperative Affect Rural Health Care” explored the impacts the drive toward electronic health records and data sharing will have on rural health care. As always, his lecture was on-point and very valuable to all of us in the room. I want to thank Jim for his outstanding service as President and CEO of the New York State Health Foundation and wish him nothing but the best as he moves on to the next adventure in his life. Jim is returning to his academic roots and will join the faculty at New York University. He joined the Health Foundation in May of 2006 as the foundation’s first employee and led the foundation through its first decade. He truly is a health-care pioneer.

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Board of Directors
NYSARH Conference

It is the mission of the Southern Tier Health Care System to improve the health and wellness of our rural communities.

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