Glens Falls Hospital President and CEO Dianne Shugrue, who led the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, through significant financial challenges, a historic affiliation with Albany Medical Center and national health care accreditation, will retire December 31 after a 14-year career at Glens Falls and 40-year career in health care. Paul Scimeca, Sr Vice President and Chief Operating Officer has been named Interim President and CEO.
“Dianne Shugrue took over as President and CEO of the hospital at a crucial time,” said Glens Falls Hospital Board of Governors Chair George Ferone. “Her steady, courageous leadership, collaborative and personal approach and deep knowledge of health care have paid huge benefits for this hospital and this community. She has been a fierce advocate for our physicians, nurses, staff, community and the institution itself. ”
Dr. Chris Mason, President of the Glens Falls Hospital Medical Staff, said: “It is said that smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. Dianne Shugrue is a skilled sailor! She has experienced many challenges during her tenure, from navigating the uncharted waters of COVID19 to leading the institution through a major affiliation. This visionary leadership has helped Glens Falls Hospital maintain critical services for the community and provide opportunities for collaboration with partners in the Capital Region. Glens Falls Hospital has a tremendous future ahead due to Dianne’s foresight. We wish her all the best of luck in her future endeavors!”
Ms. Shugrue’s most significant accomplishments include cementing the affiliation between Glens Falls Hospital and the Albany Med Health System. In addition, this year Glens Falls Hospital received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) – one of only 8% of all hospitals in the United States to receive this milestone achievement.
Says Shugrue of her time at Glens Falls Hospital, “as a team, we have come through some amazing highs and lows together. But in the end, we can all be proud of how this indispensable community hospital has always been there for the people we serve. Whether through a once a century pandemic, achieving Magnet Recognition, or making sure that state-of-the-art, compassionate, high quality healthcare is a permanent fixture in the North County – Glens Falls Hospital really has been here through it all. I am so proud of the team here – it has been the honor of my career to serve as CEO of this hospital.”
In June of 2013, Ms. Shugrue was appointed President and CEO of Glens Falls Hospital. She joined Glens Falls Hospital in 2007 as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Glens Falls Hospital, Dianne held various healthcare leadership positions including Vice President for Nursing Governance at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare System in Worcester, Massachusetts, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY and Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady .
About Glens Falls Hospital
Glens Falls Hospital (GFH) maintains a service area that spans 6,000 square miles across 5 diverse counties. Founded in 1897, GFH today operates an advanced health care delivery system featuring more than 20 regional facilities. A vast array of specialized medical and surgical services are provided in addition to coronary care, behavioral health care, rehabilitation and wellness and others. The main hospital campus is home to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, the Joyce Stock Snuggery birthing center, the Breast Center and a chronic wound healing center. GFH is a not-for-profit organization and the largest employer in New York’s Adirondack region, with over 2,500 employees and a medical staff of over 460 providers. For more information visit www.GlensFallsHospital.org.
About the Albany Med Health System
Glens Falls Hospital is an affiliate of the Albany Med Health System, which also includes Albany Medical Center, Columbia Memorial Health and Saratoga Hospital. The region’s largest locally governed health system, it has 1,520 beds, more than 800 physicians and 125 outpatient locations throughout the Capital Region.