Adirondack Health Welcomes New CEO
SARANAC LAKE – Following a national search and comprehensive interview process, the Adirondack Health Board of Trustees selected Sylvia Getman, current CEO of a healthcare organization in Maine, to succeed current President and CEO Chandler Ralph, who is retiring from Adirondack Health in June after two decades as the organization’s leader.
Ms. Getman is currently the President and 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 in four communities and a skilled nursing facility
“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 getting to know 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.”
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.
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. Started in October, the entire process took roughly six months to complete. Sylvia is officially joining Adirondack Health at the end of June.
She and her husband Bill, who is from the Syracuse area and still has family there, have three sons – Bill Jr., Christopher and Jamison. They have already begun house-hunting in the Tri-Lakes region.
Adirondack Health is planning a series of events and media roundtable to formally introduce Sylvia to the community once she officially takes over as President & CEO.
Sylvia Getman, incoming President & CEO of Adirondack Health