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September 17, 2014

Trustees from Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse Recognized for Leadership and Advocacy

Healthcare Trustees of New York State Awards Honor Exceptional Impact in the Boardroom During Era of Healthcare Transformation

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. — Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS) honored Sister Elaine Callahan of the Catholic Health System of Long Island Board of Directors, Barbara DiCocco of Cobleskill Regional Hospital, and George Deptula, Esq., of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center with its 2014 Trustee Leadership and Advocacy Awards. These awards recognize tremendous leadership in positioning an organization to meet the challenges of this era of healthcare reform and transformation.

“As hospitals and health systems across the state are faced with rapid transformation and new challenges, these trustees have strengthened partnerships between healthcare providers and the communities they serve,” said HTNYS Chair S. Jan Eberhard, M.D., who is a trustee at Arnot Health in Elmira.

As a founding member, board member for 16 years, and as Vice Chair, Sister Elaine was instrumental in incorporating continuing care into the health system. With her oversight, Catholic Health Services has developed a strong continuum of care encompassing nursing homes, hospice, home care, and a non-profit organization that provides services to those with developmental disabilities. She also helped establish the St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital boards, where she engages the community on the board, on advisory committees, and through special events.

Serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cobleskill Regional Hospital since 2002, Ms. DiCocco has dedicated her time to the Schoharie County community, its organization, and to the hospital and its patients. During her tenure, Cobleskill Regional Hospital has developed into a strong, sustainable rural hospital with a patient- and community-centered strategic vision. An active participant in HANYS' advocacy days, Ms. DiCocco speaks with knowledge and authority on issues of importance to the hospital and community, and is well known by community leaders, elected officials, and local organizations.

Mr. Deptula has served as Chair of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center's Board of Trustees through times of great transitions, from the search for a new Chief Executive Officer to the current era of fast and continuous healthcare reform. In partnership with St. Joseph's sponsors, Board, senior leadership, physician leaders, and the Chief Executive Officer, he led the process to explore potential system affiliation strategies. As a leader in strategic planning projects, Mr. Deptula supported the formation of the Northside Urban Partnership, an effort to take an integrated, comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization—a cornerstone to St. Joseph's missions to serve the poor and under-served and positively impact community health.

The awards were presented at HTNYS' 34rd Annual Trustee Conference on September 13.


Melissa Mansfield
Manager, Public and Media Relations
(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.