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June 28, 2012

HANYS President Daniel Sisto to Retire Next Year
Board Approves Dennis Whalen as Successor

BOLTON LANDING, NY - Daniel Sisto, President of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), will retire from his position in 2013. Mr. Sisto made the announcement today at HANYS' Annual Membership Conference. The HANYS Board of Trustees has named HANYS' current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Whalen to succeed Mr. Sisto as HANYS' next President.

HANYS' Board Chairman, Joseph McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Buffalo-based Catholic Health System, said, "The HANYS Board and membership deeply appreciate the culture of excellence that HANYS has achieved with Dan at the helm. We respect his decades of sound policy development and strong advocacy for the health care community in New York State."

Mr. Sisto joined HANYS in 1984 as the Chief Operating Officer of its business arm and became HANYS' President in 1986. During his tenure, HANYS transitioned from a hospital-only organization to one representing more than 500 diverse provider entities across the full continuum of care. HANYS has also become a national leader in health data modeling and analytics. Today, HANYS provides impact analysis of changes to federal financial and quality policies to 85% of the nation's more than 4,000 hospitals.

Under Mr. Sisto's stewardship, HANYS has expanded beyond its core advocacy mission to become one the state's leading health care education resources, providing education programs to more than 5,000 hospital employees every year. In fact, HANYS' work in quality improvement and patient safety education led the federal government to recently award HANYS a grant as lead contractor for New York State's participation in the national Partnership for Patients program, the most comprehensive national quality improvement program ever instituted.

HANYS' subsidiary organization, Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS) has also grown during Mr. Sisto's tenure. Today, HTNYS' annual trustee education conference is the largest of its kind in the nation.

Mr. Sisto's breadth of industry representation and access to opinion leaders and elected officials has been unparalleled. For 27 years, he has ensured that the perspectives and concerns of health care providers from every corner of the state have been represented in state and federal legislation. In recent years, Mr. Sisto served on Governor Andrew Cuomo's transition team, and was appointed to a leadership role in the Governor's Medicaid Redesign Team as Co-Chairman of the MRT Payment and Quality Workgroup. He has served on innumerable state, national, and American Hospital Association task forces dealing with issues ranging from the uninsured and Medicaid and Medicare finance reform, private insurer practices, workforce, and both rural and inner city health concerns.

Those who know "Dan" well also know that his impact as a teacher and mentor rivals his advocacy and organizational successes.

Mr. McDonald said, "During Dan's tenure, he has helped develop numerous executives who today run state hospital associations and health policy organizations throughout the country, and he has nurtured the professional development of hundreds of other HANYS employees."

Mr. McDonald added, "Dan has always been a few steps ahead of the pack. So, it is no surprise that he has prepared HANYS for his own retirement. HANYS' members are fortunate that Dennis Whalen, HANYS' Executive Vice President, has agreed to become President of HANYS on Dan's retirement.

"No other executive in the nation can match Dennis Whalen's knowledge of New York State's complex regulatory, financial, and political dynamics," Mr. McDonald added. "Dennis' roles as Deputy Secretary to the Governor, Director of State Operations and Deputy Secretary for Health, and his years at the Department of Health as Executive Deputy Commissioner and head of the Office of Health System Management combine with his three years at HANYS to make him the ideal candidate to lead our membership through the reform era that lies ahead."

Questions?

William Van Slyke - (518) 431-7770

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.

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