.After losing Joseph McTernan in January to a brief illness, Wyoming County Community Hospital System is once again looking for a new CEO.
A recruiting firm has been used to identify candidates for the open CEO position, officials said Thursday at a Board of Managers meeting conducted virtually. They are now starting to create a list for interviews. The first interviews will be taking place next week.
For the time being, Chief Operating Officer Michael Corcimiglia and Skilled Nursing Facility Administrator Dawn James are acting as interim CEOs. The Board of Managers will decide a full-time interim CEO at its next meeting on March 22.
The WCCHS posted a Facebook notice posting the CEO opening this past Monday. The WCCHS is described as a “900 person operation” and is one of Wyoming County’s largest employers.
McTernan, who was 44 years old, replaced Donald Eichenauer in August 2019.
A native of Rockland County, McTernan started his career as a paramedic in New York City. From there, he began to get into hospital administration, including process improvement and internal consulting roles at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He worked there for more than 12 years before ultimately working at Trinitas Medical Center in Elizabeth, N.J. as vice president of special operations. He oversaw numerous operational and clinical departments.
McTernan’s role in the termination of Dr. Paul Mason’s contract was one of the issues discussed at a Board of Managers meeting attended by about 100 members of the public last week.
Eichenauer was credited with enacting a major turnaround at the WCCHS during his roles as a consultant and chief executive officer. He originally started with the WCCHS as a consultant through the Bonadio Group of Rochester, before taking the CEO position a year later in 2012.