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June 22, 2017

HANYS Honors Joseph McDonald with Distinguished Service Award

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y.—In recognition of his decades of service to the people of New York State and the healthcare community, the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) honored Joseph D. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health System, with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award. The Award was presented at HANYS’ 49th Annual Membership Conference.

“HANYS has immense gratitude for Joe’s expertise and energy with which he approaches his work. His healthcare delivery improvement and advocacy efforts have made a real, positive difference in the lives of New Yorkers across the state, not just in Western New York,” said HANYS President Bea Grause. “We are honored to present Joe with our Distinguished Service Award.”

Mr. McDonald’s impact on Catholic Health System and healthcare policy in New York State is far-reaching. Since he joined Catholic Health in 2002, the healthcare system has experienced significant growth in services with the introduction of advanced technology, improvements in quality and safety, and an increase in its charity and community benefit contributions.

Under his leadership, Catholic Health System, based in Buffalo, has been the honoree of national and regional recognition for its devotion to quality and patient safety, has strengthened its physician relations, and has become one of the most financially sustainable health systems in the state.

The recipient of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) 2016 Grassroots Champion Award, Mr. McDonald was recognized for persistent advocacy before the United States Congress and his important work with the New York State Congressional Delegation to advance federal backing for innovative approaches to the delivery of patient-centered care and to protect and enhance Medicare funding for hospitals and health systems to support this innovation.

He has been a long-time member and is a past Chair of the HANYS Board of Trustees.

Mr. McDonald’s leadership efforts extend to numerous roles outside of Catholic Health. He is a member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees, the WNED Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, the WNED Foundation Board, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Alumni Board of Directors. Joe is the 2017 Chair of the AHA Health Care Systems Governing Council, where he leads conversations on advocacy, policy, and resource development, with a focus on strategic opportunities from a health system’s perspective.

He began his administrative career at Nashville Memorial Hospital in Tennessee as assistant administrator and later joined St. Mary’s Medical Center in Knoxville, where he served as Senior Vice President. He also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Covenant Health/Fort Sanders Alliance in Knoxville.

Throughout his career, Joe has been a leader in putting patients first, in demanding good healthcare policy, and in embracing new, innovative ways to deliver care. His organization’s Accountable Care Organization work and his collaboration with other providers—including competitors—are examples of his willingness to try new approaches and break down the barriers to advance the essential mission of providing care.

The HANYS Board of Trustees established the Distinguished Service Award in 1979 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding personal service in the healthcare field in one or more of the following areas: patient welfare, hospital administration, residential healthcare administration, local and state healthcare, public service, and promotion of legislation to achieve better healthcare.

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 healthcare organizations.