Adirondack Health Introduces New CEO to the Community
Sylvia Getman, President & CEO of Adirondack Health, fields questions from reporters during a press conference to formally introduce her to the community.
'I knew Adirondack Health was right for me'
SARANAC LAKE – For the first time in two decades, a new President & CEO is leading Adirondack Health. Sylvia Getman was formally introduced to the community on Wednesday, July 6 at the first of several outreach sessions planned for the coming weeks as she settles into her new role as the leader of Adirondack Health.
Sylvia was selected by the Adirondack Health Board of Trustees following a national search and comprehensive interview process. Her most recent leadership role was as the CEO of Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle, Maine, which offers services similar to those of Adirondack Health, including acute inpatient hospital care, physical rehabilitation, dialysis, primary and specialty care clinics and skilled nursing services.
After narrowing the national search to three finalists, each was invited to Adirondack Health for two days of meetings with Board Trustees, medical staff, employees and community members. Begun in October, the entire process took roughly six months to complete.
The search which brought Sylvia to Adirondack Health was initiated following Chandler Ralph’s announcement she would be retiring after 21 years as the health system’s President & CEO.
“We chose Sylvia for her breadth of knowledge, experience and passion for primary, acute and long-term care in rural and resort communities," said Jeannie Cross, Chair of the Adirondack Health Board of Trustees. “Chandler has led this organization with distinction, and her success has always been the result of doing what’s best for our patients and residents. Sylvia possesses the perfect blend of compassion, knowledge, energy and forward thinking to guide Adirondack Health to the next level.”
“I’m deeply grateful to have been given this opportunity to lead an organization with such a stellar reputation and a track record for being on the leading edge of care,” said Ms. Getman. “My passion is for rural healthcare, and after meeting the community, the doctors, the employees and seeing the passion they all share for high-quality, patient-centered care, I knew Adirondack Health was right for me.”
During her tenure as CEO of Aroostook Medical Center, some of Sylvia’s proudest accomplishments include:
- Leading an effort that resulted in a first-in-nation compressed natural gas system to power a hospital, saving $500,000 and reducing carbon emissions. The new system lowered electrical consumption by 20 percent and generated $150,000 in annual savings.
- Achieved $300,000 in savings through oversight of $5 million in Facility Master Plan projects.
- Increased community perception/awareness of medical center from 77 percent in 2012 to 93 percent in 2015.
Sylvia has also served in the top leadership position at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and home care agency in Massachusetts and at Mitchell County Regional Health Center, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in northern Iowa. Sylvia has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She served on the Maine Hospital Association Policy Committee and as an alternate on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board. She was one of 20, 2013-14 AHA Healthcare Transformation Fellows.
She and her husband Bill, who is from the Syracuse area and still has family there, have three sons – Bill Jr., Christopher and Jamison. Their hobbies include alpine skiing, hiking, travel and spending time together as a family.
Adirondack Health is hosting a series of Open Community Forums for the public to meet Sylvia. Three sessions are scheduled:
- Saranac Lake: Main Lobby, Adirondack Medical Center, Tuesday, July 12
- Tupper Lake: Tupper Lake Rehabilitation Department at the Mercy Living Center, Wednesday, July 27
- Lake Placid: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Tuesday, Aug. 2
Each event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and all are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. A fourth event is being planned for Keene, and will be announced at a later date.