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Wyoming County Community Health System has found its next CEO.

David Kobis has been named CEO of the Wyoming County Community Health System.

Courtesy of WCCHS

The health system announced Wednesday that David A. Kobis, a longtime health care executive and management consultant, will begin May 31 in the lead role. The system includes a 62-bed hospital and a 138-bed nursing home in Warsaw, as well as several outpatient clinics in Warsaw, Arcade, Attica, Castile, Mt. Morris and Perry.

Kobis, who was born in Buffalo and raised in East Aurora, over the past three years has consulted with health systems and organizations across the country, specializing in rural health and distressed hospitals. His LinkedIn profile shows he has been in the Lakeland, Florida area since 2019, first as managing director of Aspire Healthcare Consulting and later as a director at Health Management Associates.

Prior to that, Kobis held several leadership positions including President of Fatima Hospital in Providence, RI, Director of Integration at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut, and Chief Operating Officer at Cortland Regional Medical. Center. Prior to these roles, he was an executive at Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center (Pennsylvania), both hospitals now affiliated with Buffalo’s Kaleida Health.

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Kobis will succeed Joseph L. McTernan, who died Jan. 24 after a brief illness. McTernan, 44, was hired in August 2019 and led the healthcare system, with a payroll of just under 500 workers, through significant challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Joseph McTernan, 44, called in sick on Friday and died early Monday morning, following what the Warsaw-based health system called a “brief illness”.

As well as taking the helm at a time when the industry is grappling with financial and personnel challenges, Kobis is also joining WCCHS following significant community tensions after the hospital ended its contract this year with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Mason, The Batavia Daily News reported.

The controversial move sparked a call for a full, independent review of the health care system, though the county board of supervisors voted against such a review at its April 12 meeting, the minutes show.

WCCHS said Kobis was well suited for the job, having spent more than a decade working with rural healthcare organizations. His work has included financial turnarounds for struggling hospitals, expanding dental services in underserved rural communities, and developing vendor recruitment strategies.

“Dave’s extensive experience in health care, particularly in rural hospitals, qualifies him for the position of CEO of WCCHS,” said Richard Kosmerl, Chairman of the Board of the Health System. “His leadership will be a key factor as we continue to navigate and recover from the current Covid-19 crisis and will then put us in an excellent position to move forward and continue to provide exceptional healthcare services to citizens. of our county and our neighboring region.”

At a meeting on April 11, the board approved a three-year employment contract with Kobis, according to the minutes of the meeting. He will be on a salary of $375,000 a year and must live within 40 miles of the hospital, according to court records.

The health system said Kobis had strong ties to the area, having spent more than 30 years in western New York.

Kobis received his degree in business administration from the University of Richmond and his master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University.

Jon Harris can be reached at 716-849-3482 or jharris@buffnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ByJonHarris.


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