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MASSENA - Massena Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Fahd, II, has been recognized by the Becker’s Hospital Review.

Fahd was selected and named on the Becker Hospital Review as one of the leaders to its inaugural list of “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.”

According to the report\, these 50 presidents and CEOs have shown commitment to providing high-quality, accessible care to their patient populations and have approached the challenge of rural healthcare with great aplomb.

“The hospital Board of Managers is very proud of this wonderful acknowledgement of Charlie and his successes and professional development. Really the benefit of his hard work has been to our hospital and community,” said Tina Buckley, MMH Board of Managers chairperson.

The report noted:

“Charlie Fahd. CEO of Massena Memorial Hospital. Mr. Fahd has served as CEO of Massena Memorial Hospital, located in Northern New York near the Canadian border, since 1997. His contract was renewed in 2012 and runs through 2014. In May, Massena Memorial opened a $3.9 million medical office building that houses physicians, surgeons and a phlebotomy center.”

As a result of building the new medical office building, in 2013, MMH welcomed new physicians to its medical staff, along with nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The hospital opened the new 20,000 square foot medical office building and is happy to report that all the physician suites will be occupied by primary care as well as specialty providers within the next month.

The construction of this facility was a strategic initiative, not only to assist in the recruitment of new physicians, but to retain existing doctors requiring more space in modern, state-of-the-art accommodations.

Rural healthcare leaders face certain challenges that are not present in more urban environments. For instance, only about 10 percent of physicians practice in rural areas, according to a 2010 report prepared by the Southwest Rural Health Research Center, which can lead to physician shortages. Additionally, rural residents tend to be poorer, leading to payer mix issues.

This list recognizes rural hospital and health system presidents and CEOs who have shown commitment to providing high-quality, accessible care to their patient populations in the face of those and other rural health challenges.

Fahd, with over 40 years of healthcare management experience, previously served as chief executive officer of Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Prior to joining Mayo, he served as vice president, Professional and Support Services, at A.O. Fox Hospital, Oneonta, as well as various administrative and management positions at Nathan Littauer Hospital beginning in 1973. Fahd initiated his healthcare career as a cytologist with the NYS Department of Health in 1970.

He is currently a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He served as a member of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Board of Directors for nine years. During that period, he also served on the HANYS Executive Committee. Mr. Fahd is past chairman of the Healthcare Association of New York State Rural Task Force and has served as Region 2 delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council for Small and Rural Hospitals.

He is a member of various boards of directors including Iroquois Healthcare Alliance and the North Country Healthcare Providers, LLC (NCHP). He has served as board chairman of the Northern Area Health Education Center (NAHEC) and United Iroquois Shared Services, a-for-profit subsidiary of the Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, and is past president of the Northern New York Healthcare Association of Central NY and currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of SUNY Canton.

For this list, “rural” was defined as being located outside a major metropolitan area or healthcare hub. Leaders were selected based on a number of factors, including awards received; local, regional and national leadership positions held and their organization’s recent performance. Nominations were also considered.

Only two other north country healthcare administrators were selected as a member of the top 50 CEOs for the Becker Hospital Review, Ben Moore III, president and CEO of River Hospital, Alexandria Bay; and Chandler M. Ralph. pPresident and CEO of Adirondack Health, Saranac Lake.

Fahd is an active member and past president of the Massena Rotary Club and the Monday Luncheon Club. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology/Chemistry and his Masters of Science Degree in Health Service Administration from Russell Sage College, Troy.

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