Adirondack Health CEO named to list of 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know
SARANAC LAKE – For two years running, Chandler M. Ralph, President & CEO of Adirondack Health, has been named one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker's Hospital Review, which features some of the most impressive leaders dedicated to advancing healthcare in small towns and rural regions.
Individuals on the list include CEOs and administrators of hospitals located outside of major metropolitan areas or healthcare hubs. The selection of healthcare leaders is based on a number of factors, including awards received; local, regional and national leadership positions held; and the organization’s recent performance.
“The people who live in and visit the Adirondack Region deserve the best in care,” said Jeannie Cross, chair of the Adirondack Health Board of Trustees. “Thanks to Chandler’s vision and leadership for Adirondack Health, we have a healthcare organization that is well positioned to meet the current and future needs of the region with high quality care provided by a team of skilled and caring medical professionals.”
Ms. Ralph, who has been at the helm of Adirondack Health for nearly 20 years, has overseen significant expansion with new facilities and additional services. She guided the organization through an $18 million building and renovation project on the Adirondack Medical Center campus completed in 2001, the acquisition of two area nursing homes, and the opening of medical office buildings in Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. Also under her leadership, Adirondack Health continues to surpass state and national standards for exceptional, high-quality care as well as patient and nursing home resident safety.
Ms. Ralph has been selected for several honors and recognitions over the past several years, including: The New York State Senate’s Woman of Distinction Award in 2001 and 2010, named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2008, the 2007 North Country Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award, the 2006 American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award, 2006 Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Innovation Award for establishing the North Country Uninsured Task Force, and the 2001 Sisters of Mercy NY Province Friend of Mercy Award.
Locally, Ms. Ralph has served as a board member for St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center and the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation. She is a current member of the Saranac Lake Rotary Club and a board member for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.
In addition to being the Founder and a Board Member of the Helena Ptochia Foundation since 2004, Ms. Ralph is a current or former member of the following state and national organizations and associations: American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, AHA Region 2 Policy Board, fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, HANYS Board of Trustees, HANYS Transparency Task Force, Adirondack Health Institute Board of Directors, AHA Liaison to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism-Advisory Council, New York State Medicaid Redesign Task Force, and Northern New York Healthcare Association.
Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication that focuses on current business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. This is the second edition of the “Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” list. Adirondack Health was also named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “100 Great Community Hospitals” in 2014.
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