Tuesday, April 12, 2022

David Kobis would replace the deceased Joseph McTernan:

WCCHS selects new
Chief Executive Officer

The Wyoming County Community Health System’s Board of Managers conducted an emergency meeting Monday to confirm David A. Kobis as its new Chief Executive Officer.Kobis is from Lakeland, Fla. The Daily News is waiting to hear from the WCCHS about Kobis’ employment history.

The three-year employment agreement includes a salary of $375,000 annually with retention performance hold-back amounts of $10,000 in the first year, $12,500 in the second year and $15,000 in the third year. There is a 2.5 percent salary increase per year and any outgoing years.

While a stipulation for the CEO’s contract requires them to live within 40 miles of the hospital, it doesn’t require him to live in the county. The CEO can easily live in portions of Buffalo in Erie County, Rochester in Monroe County, Angelica in Allegany County, Albion in Orleans County, and Dansville in Livingston County.

The contract would be effective June 1 pending approval of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. A special meeting of the latter’s Financial Committee has been set for 12:50 p.m. today to review and approve the employment agreement and appointment.

That will be followed at 2:30 p.m. today by the regular monthly Board of Supervisors meeting.

Kobis would replace former CEO Joseph McTernan, 44, who was appointed in 2019 but died this past January of a brief illness.

Kobis would take the helm at a time when the WCCHS is facing numerous challenges. Like many area hospitals, it has been dealing with ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and aftermath.

The WCCHS has also been dealing with fallout from the highly controversial termination of Dr. Paul Mason’s contract, and additional controversies involving the Board of Managers itself.

Among the resolutions listed on the Board of Supervisors agenda as of Monday afternoon was one titled “Authorizing a Complete and Independent Review of the Entire Wyoming County Community Health System Operation to Ensure Future Stability of Health Care System.”

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