May 24, 2018

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The Iroquois Healthcare Association Elects New Officers to its Board of Directors, Including First Woman Chair

ALBANY, New York — At its Annual Meeting in Cooperstown, New York, the Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) last week elected a new slate of officers to its Board of Directors and named Kimberly Boynton, President & CEO of Crouse Health in Syracuse, NY, the first woman to chair the Board since its creation in 1996.

The new Board officers, constituted on May 17, 2018, consist of Chair Kimberly Boynton, Vice-Chair Thomas Carman, President & CEO of Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, Treasurer John Rudd, President & CEO of Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY and Secretary Jay Cahalan, President & CEO of Columbia Memorial Health in Hudson.

“Kimberly is a pioneer and accomplished leader in the healthcare industry and we are excited to welcome her as Chair of Iroquois’ Board of Directors,” said Gary J. Fitzgerald, President of IHA. ” Political uncertainties, as well as the ongoing debates about healthcare reform, require strong leadership from the association and its board. In the midst of ever-changing landscapes at the federal and state levels, we believe Kimberly’s strong experience, as both CEO and CFO of Crouse Health, will be extremely valuable for our members, as Iroquois continues to represent and address the needs of Upstate New York hospitals and health systems.”

“I am proud to be elected to serve as Board Chair of Iroquois, a vitally important resource and voice for our Upstate New York healthcare organizations. I look forward to working with the member hospitals and health systems to build on and further advance the critical areas of advocacy and policy development,” says Boynton.

Boynton succeeds Norman Dascher, Jr., CEO of Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital of St. Peter’s Health Partners, who served as IHA Board Chair from 2014-2018.

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about Norman’s leadership these past four years,” Fitzgerald said. “He has been a pleasure to work with and has been a great resource for our staff and membership. Norman’s integrity, combined with his insight and constant focus on the needs of Upstate New York’s hospitals, were enormous assets to our association.”

The full IHA Board of Directors is comprised of 45 CEOs representing each of the association’s 54 member hospitals and health systems.


About Iroquois
The Iroquois Healthcare Alliance (IHA) is a regional healthcare trade organization representing 54 hospitals and health systems, spanning over 28,000 square miles, across 32 counties of Upstate New York. IHA is the leading resource for facilities and professionals bringing quality health care to the region. IHA represents the unique needs of rural, small community safety-net providers to large, academic medical centers in Upstate New York’s urban areas through advocacy, education and information, cost-savings initiatives and innovative business solutions. For more information, please visit