Medina Journal-Register — After 15 years Medina Memorial Hospital, as part of Orleans Community Health, will have a new chief executive officer.
The hospital announced Tuesday that Jim Sinner resigned. It was also announced that the board, with the assistance of HealthTech Management Services, Inc., has appointed Dolores A. Horvath as the interim CEO. She will assume the post on July 8.
“We are pleased that Dolores has accepted the position as interim CEO,” said hospital board chairman Bruce Krenning in a statement. He added, “The board appreciates Jim Sinner’s 15 years of service to Orleans Community Health and wishes him the best.”
Sinner, the statement said, will “pursue other career opportunities.”
Calls to Sinner were not returned on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the hospital will be temporarily run by Mike Lieb, who will be the “interim interim” CEO until Horvath arrives.
Lieb and his colleague Diane Bradley, a clinical officer with HTMS, were in Medina Tuesday to discuss the future of Medina’s hospital. Krenning joined them, and he stressed that the hospital is in good shape.
“HealthTech has been hired to do a full blown assessment,” he said. “The hospital has not been sold and is not under duress.”
HTMS works with close to 80 hospitals all over the country, including the Adirondack Medical Center in Central New York. Of the hospitals it works with, about 60 are via consultant agreements and another 18 or so are through management agreements. The company has been around for over 40 years, and many hospitals have relationships with the company of 20 years or more, Lieb said.
Lieb said there are benefits to joining with HTMS, such as working with other hospitals under the same umbrella to create more sound practices locally and the opportunity to purchase medicines and supplies at a bulk rate.
“We’ll work on creating a strategic plan in the next several months for Medina because it can be tough for a free-standing facility to make it,” Lieb said.
Krenning said the plan’s creation is a great opportunity for the hospital moving forward.
“We’re going to look at how we buy and how we do things,” he said. “We have an opportunity here to move forward, and we’re seizing it.”
Krenning said a board member who counts the Adirondack Medical Center CEO among his friends suggested HTMS as a way to help plan for the future. He said bringing HTMS on board took a few months, but now that the organization is here, he said it presents multiple options.
“We’re looking at affiliations; we’re not looking to sell.”
Lieb said maintaining and improving MMH is important because it is a local hospital.
“Smaller communities have doctors who know their patients better,” he said. He and Bradley said HTMS was still “learning the community” to see what possible steps could be taken to improve patient satisfaction.
Also, Lieb and Krenning agreed that bringing in an outside entity to help move the hospital forward creates a unique perspective.
“Sometimes, if you’re in one place too long, you can develop tunnel vision,” Lieb said. He noted outside help can provide a “tremendous experience.”
Other hospitals in the area, most recently Lakeside in Brockport, have shut their doors. Krenning said anyone concerned about Medina’s hospital should not be, as the situation in Brockport was entirely different than in Medina.
“They were in dire straits,” he said. The sale of Orchard Manor has left the hospital with money set aside, and that money can present a variety of options. However, Krenning, Lieb, and Bradley agreed it was far too soon to discuss what those options might be.
The most timely issue, they all said, was finding the right person to succeed Horvath as a permanent CEO.
Horvath is a registered nurse and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has served as an interim CEO before in both Arizona Heart and Bakersfield Heart Hospital. She has over 20 years of healthcare operations experience.
The CEO after her, Lieb said, will be chosen among a field of candidates provided to the board by HTMS.