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Fahd plans to retire as MMH CEO at end of 2014


MASSENA - Massena Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Fahd II plans to call it a career this year.

Mr. Fahd plans to retire at the end of 2014 when his contract expires, according to hospital spokeswoman Tina R. Corcoran. His contract was renewed in 2012 and runs through the end of 2014.

“His contract is up at the end of the year. That was his plan. He hasn’t officially given his notice for retirement,” she said.

MMH Board of Managers Chairperson Tina Buckley, in a report to fellow board members this week, said the board’s Executive Committee had met on Feb. 10, and they were updated on the search for a new chief executive officer.

“They’re just getting started with it,” Ms. Corcoran said. “Right now there’s a subcommittee of the board. They’re currently looking at proposals from professional recruiting firms.”

Mr. Fahd, who has more than 40 years of health care management experience, has been the chief executive officer of Massena Memorial Hospital since 1997. He previously served as chief executive officer of Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Prior to that, he served as vice president of professional and support services, at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, as well as various administrative and management positions at Nathan Littauer Hospital beginning in 1973.

He began his health care career as a cytologist with the state Department of Health in 1970.

Mr. Fahd, who was recently recognized by the Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the leaders in its inaugural list of “50 Rural Hospital CEOS to Know,” is 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 Board of Directors for nine years, as well as on the HANYS Executive Committee. He 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.

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

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Chemistry and his Masters of Science Degree in Health Service Administration from Russell Sage College, Troy.

Ms. Corcoran said retirement had been in Mr. Fahd’s plans despite the hospital currently undergoing a study to determine if it should remain a municipal hospital or convert to a not-for-profit facility.

“It was something that was planned,” she said.

Hospital board members and members of the Massena Town Council had been briefed this week by representatives from FreedMaxick Healthcare, financial analysis consultants hired by the hospital in November to look at the hospital’s finances and project how they would be in future years if the hospital maintained its current status or converted into a not-for-profit facility. The hospital would run out of cash in 2017, they said, suggesting that MMH move forward with the not-for-profit option.

Ms. Corcoran said that study is far from complete, though, with Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray saying this week that he would like to see more data before making a decision. The Massena Town Council will have the ultimate say in designating the hospital’s status.

“There’s a lot to be done,” Ms. Corcoran said.

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