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MASSENA - With one presentation under his belt, Massena Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Fahd II said he’s lining up other community presentations to talk about the hospital’s plan to switch from a municipal to a not-for-profit facility.

Mr. Fahd gave a presentation on the study and the need for the conversion during an April 10 informational meeting at the Massena Town Hall. He was joined by representatives from Freed Maxick Healthcare, the firm hired to do the study, and the law firm of Hancock Estabrook, LLP, Syracuse, which has also been involved in the study.

In addition to members of the Massena Town Council, hospital employees and other community members filled the meeting room at the town hall.

“That was a very good meeting, a good presentation by town board members and Mr. Fahd. I thought it was handled very well. It could have been a contentious meeting, but the supervisor handled it very well,” hospital board of managers member David M. MacLennan said.

Mr. Fahd said he appreciated the opportunity to make the presentation.

“I thank the town board members for hosting us. It was very informative,” he said.

Now, he said, he’s getting ready to make more presentations around the community.

“I’ll be making a number of community presentations, by invitation, to a number of service clubs in the community,” Mr. Fahd said.

He has also been asked to speak during the MMH Auxiliary’s annual luncheon, as well as to the MMH Foundation. Hospital Senior Director of Public Relations and Strategic Planning Tina R. Corcoran is also making arrangements for him to speak at the next meeting of the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Corcoran is a member of that board.

In addition, Mr. Fahd said, he’s been in contact with representatives from two “fairly large” industries in Massena to see about making presentations to their employees. That’s being arranged through public relation channels, he said.

All of the presentations will be the same as he presented to the town board.

“We’re getting the word out as quickly as we can,” he said.

The hospital’s board of managers has already elected to move forward with plans to make the hospital a not-for-profit facility based on the Freed Maxick Healthcare study, which says that the hospital will be bankrupt by 2017 if it maintains the status quo. The ultimate decision rests now with the Massena Town Council.

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