AMSTERDAM — Saratoga Hospital’s second-highest ranking executive will be St. Mary’s Healthcare’s next president and CEO.
Jeffrey Methven worked nearly 20 years at Saratoga Hospital, the last two as executive vice president. Come the end of next month, he will assume his new role at St. Mary’s, replacing Scott Bruce.
Bruce is retiring from after an over 25 year career at St. Mary’s that culminated in his appointment to the top leadership post in spring 2020.
The St. Mary’s Healthcare Board of Trustees announced Methven’s selection as Bruce’s replacement at the conclusion of a monthslong nationwide search.
“We are confident that he possesses the experience, skills and attributes to lead our organization into the future,” Board Chairman Michael Pepe said. “We all feel that he will be very capable in adapting to the St. Mary’s culture and mission.”
While Methven will achieve a long-time career aspiration by assuming the position, he said his interest in the role solidified as he learned about the community and the health care organization.
“It’s an organization with a rich history and a very strong culture,” Methven said. “I’m truly blessed and humbled by the opportunity.”
Extensive leadership experience in health care, regional knowledge and a track record for building relationships helped set Methven apart from other candidates, according to Pepe.
“I think that overall he is going to do the best he can to partner with our medical staff, our professionals and our board to ensure that the city and surrounding community have quality and affordable health care for years to come,” Pepe said.
As executive vice president at Saratoga Hospital — part of the Albany Med Health System, Methven was responsible for the operations of the medical group and hospital outpatient sites. He also oversaw much of the organization’s daily operations alongside other leaders.
Previously, Methven was chief human resources officer in Saratoga from 2006 to 2020, and vice president of ambulatory services as well, beginning in 2009. He is described as a “dynamic strategist,” due to his broad knowledge of delivery models and financial stewardship.
When Methven arrives at St. Mary’s, forming an understanding of the organization from the inside — learning from staff and stakeholders — will be a priority.
“I’m looking forward to really developing relationships in the community, being visible, being present, understanding what the needs of the community are and working hard to make sure we’re meeting and exceeding those needs,” Methven said.
Methven has already impressed Pepe by his efforts to familiarize himself with St. Mary’s by requesting and reviewing information from the Board of Trustees in preparation to hit the ground running.
“He appears to be a tireless worker who is going to dedicate himself to running this hospital” Pepe said, “and we know he is going to do a great job.”
Aside from Methven ingraining himself in the organization, he and Pepe agreed that strengthening St. Mary’s finances will be an immediate priority, citing a decline in revenues across the health care industry.
“Like most hospitals across the country, St. Mary’s is facing a number of challenges and in short order we need to make sure we meet those challenges and are stabilizing the finances of the organization,” Methven said. “That will be a day one priority for all of us as I start.”
Delivering quality and affordable health care will continue to be the mission of St. Mary’s, according to Methven and Pepe.
“As a community hospital we’re going to be focused on quality outcomes,” Methven said. “Making sure our patients who choose to have care delivered at St. Mary’s receive excellent care, are highly satisfied with the experience and have good outcomes.”
Methven has an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Science in industrial relations from Le Moyne College in Syracuse.
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