New York Health System CEO, 44, dies

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Joseph McTernan, CEO of Wyoming County Community Health System, based in Warsaw, New York, died Jan. 24 at age 44, according to The Buffalo News.

Mr McTernan died after a brief illness, the county health system said in a statement shared with Becker’s.

Mr. McTernan joined the Wyoming County Community Health System in August 2019 before officially becoming CEO in January 2020.

The CEO was a “strong leadership voice” during the COVID-19 pandemic and played an important role in securing personal protective equipment for the healthcare system, which has about 500 employees, said Rich Kosmerl, president of the health system board. The Buffalo News.

“Joe’s contributions to our healthcare system over the past few years have been invaluable and his leadership and focus on our patients and our community will be greatly missed,” the healthcare system statement said. “Joe’s leadership vision has provided a firm, guiding hand with an unwavering commitment to staff and patient safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis.”

Earlier in his career, Mr. McTernan served as Vice President of Special Operations at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ. He also worked in process improvement and an administrative role at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

Hospital officials said the Wyoming County Community Health System leadership team is managing short-term day-to-day operations.

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