Strom­stad to suc­ceed Perra as CEO

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News -

UTICA, N.Y. >> Dar­lene Strom­stad, FACHE, has been ap­pointed pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Mohawk Val­ley Health Sys­tem (MVHS), ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019.

Cur­rent MVHS Pres­i­dent/ CEO Scott H. Perra, FACHE, an­nounced his re­tire­ment in Jan­uary 2018. Perra be­gan his work at St. Luke’s-Me­mo­rial-Hospi­tal Cen­ter more than 30 years ago in 1985. He served in a lead­er­ship role through the con­sol­i­da­tion of Fax­ton Hospi­tal to form Fax­ton St. Luke’s Health­care (FSLH) and again with the af­fil­i­a­tion of FSLH and St. El­iz­a­beth Med­i­cal Cen­ter to form MVHS.

Perra was in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing to­gether two ex­tra­or­di­nary health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions to form MVHS and has helped cre­ate the op­por­tu­nity for MVHS to build a new, re­gional health­care cam­pus that pro­vides a sta­teof-the-art set­ting for med­i­cal staff, em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers to pro­vide care and serve the com­mu­nity for gen­er­a­tions to come.

Fol­low­ing Perra’s an­nounce­ment, the MVHS Board of Directors formed a search com­mit­tee to find a new CEO and af­ter nearly a year of search­ing and vet­ting ex­tremely qual­i­fied can­di­dates, se­lected Strom­stad. In an­nounc­ing her ap­point­ment, Joan Comp­son, chair of the MVHS Board of Direc- tors, said the Board Search Com­mit­tee had been look­ing for a high-cal­iber leader for the grow­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion and they found that in Strom­stad.

“We look for­ward to a fu­ture un­der Dar­lene’s lead­er­ship and are ex­cited about the key role she will play in ad­vanc­ing our health sys­tem’s mis­sion of pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lence in health­care for our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Comp­son. “With Dar­lene’s ded­i­cated ser­vice and ex­ten­sive health­care knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, we are con­fi­dent that the Mohawk Val­ley Health Sys­tem will con­tinue to thrive.”

Strom­stad has decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in health­care and has led a variety of health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions across the coun­try. She most re­cently was in Bos­ton, Mass., where she served as in­terim CEO of Fen­way Health, one of the na­tion’s premier and largest fed­er­ally qual­i­fied health cen­ters. Prior to that, Strom­stad was in Con­necti­cut where she served as pres­i­dent /CEO of Water­bury Hospi­tal and the Greater Water­bury Health Net­work (now known as Water­bury HEALTH). Dur­ing her sixyear ten­ure at Water­bury Hospi­tal, Strom­stad helped to sta­bi­lize the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fi­nan­cial po­si­tion, re­build its em­ployee cul­ture and morale, and as­sure its fu­ture through a strate­gic part­ner­ship and ac­qui­si­tion. Prior to that she served as pres­i­dent and CEO of Goodall Hospi­tal in San­ford, Maine, where she also was in­stru­men­tal in strength­en­ing the hospi­tal’s fi­nances and ex­pand­ing health­care ser­vices for the com­mu­nity.

Strom­stad is known na­tion­ally for her lead­er­ship and ac­tive en­gage­ment in or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives where she served as a mem­ber of the Board of Gover­nors. She also served on the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil. She served at the statewide level on the Board of Directors of the Con­necti­cut Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Maine Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, and at the lo­cal and re­gional lev­els as a Board mem­ber for the Greater Water­bury United Way, Greater Water- buryCham­berofCom­merce, Nau­gatuck Com­mu­nity Col­lege, and San­ford-Down­town Legacy.

“I am de­lighted to be join­ing MVHS at this ex­cit­ing time in its his­tory,” said Strom­stad. “It’s amaz­ing how this or­ga­ni­za­tion has evolved from three dis­tinct hos­pi­tals into a ro­bust health sys­tem and is now on the precipice of build­ing a new, state-ofthe-art med­i­cal cen­ter. My con­grat­u­la­tions to MVHS pres­i­dent/CEO Scott Perra and the board, and to all the stake­hold­ers who had the vision and worked tire­lessly to make this hap­pen.”

“This is a time of tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity and a true mile­stone in health­care ser­vices for our com­mu­nity – and for Cen­tral New York as a re­gion,” she con­tin­ued. “There is much work ahead. I am ea­ger to be­gin work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with, em­ploy­ees, physi­cians, unions, com­mu­nity lead­ers and the board in build­ing a new era in health­care in the re­gion. I look for­ward to quickly get­ting ac­quainted with the com­mu­nity and all the peo­ple who will be in­stru­men­tal in chart­ing the next course for the fu­ture of MVHS.”

Strom­stad re­ceived her Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Rivier Col­lege in Nashua, N.H., and her Bach­e­lor of Arts in Jour­nal­ism from the Univer­sity of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

Dar­lene Strom­stad

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