This site has up-to-date information about MVHS for our employees, medical staff and volunteers. It will be updated frequently with changes regarding our hospitals and new system. I encourage you to leave comments on our posts and to use the contact form to voice concerns or ask any questions you may have. - Scott H. Perra, FACHE, President/CEO of MVHS

Keep Calm and Carry On

Dear Employees, Medical Staff and Volunteers,

The reference “Keep Calm and Carry On” has recently been reintroduced as a clever marketing initiative. The slogan was first introduced by the British during World War II to help their citizens carry on throughout the bombing raids on London. While I would not compare what we are going through to WWII — this simple and timely message can apply to us as we begin our journey of affiliation under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

It’s only been five weeks since we signed the agreement to affiliate. But it’s been a busy five weeks! Some of the activities and changes that have been put in place have helped us develop a baseline infrastructure to begin to assess the needs of each organization. There have been some changes in leadership and reporting responsibilities and it will take time for the new leaders to get acquainted with their respective groups. What has been incredibly heartwarming is the warm reception by the employees, medical staff and volunteers of each hospital. Everyone has been helpful, quick to provide information and supportive.

If you have questions please ask us. But I want to caution you, we may not have the answers. Not yet anyway. A new plan for the system is going to take time. It’s not going to happen this month or next month. It’s going to happen over a period of time as we have so many details to work through.

As you do every day, continue to provide exceptional care for our patients and residents. Stay focused on doing great work. This is a journey, and as things change in the coming weeks and months I will be as open and transparent as possible. In the meantime, Keep Calm and Carry On.



Scott H. Perra, FACHE
Mohawk Valley Health System

Mohawk Valley Health System Board Announces Officers

Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has announced the officers for its Board of Directors. They consist of: the Hon. Norman Siegel, chairman; Gregory McLean, vice chairman; Gregory Evans, secretary; and Joan Compson, treasurer. Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) officially announced their affiliation as the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) on March 6.

Other members of the MVHS Board of Directors include: Domenic Aiello, MD; Barbara Brodock; Catherine Cominsky; Maria Gesualdo, DO;  Todd Hutton, PhD; Andrew Kowalczyk III, Esq.; Scott H. Perra, president/CEO; John Sperling, MD, medical staff president (FSLH); Stephen Sweet; Richard Tantillo; Symeon Tsoupelis; Mark Warfel, DO, medical staff president (SEMC); Bonnie Woods; Eric Yoss, MD; and Richard Zweifel.

“I am extremely pleased that we have assembled a group of such dedicated individuals to lead the Utica hospitals,” said the Honorable Norman Siegel, former chairman of the Board for SEMC and chairman of the Board for the new MVHS. “I have confidence that each member of this team will use his or her talents to contribute to our success.”

Mohawk Valley Health System is the parent organization. Its Board of Directors is comprised of 18 members, with equal members from the FSLH Board and the SEMC Board. Scott H. Perra, FACHE, is president/CEO of MVHS and oversees the system’s management team.

“This is an important time of change in our community as the healthcare industry continues to evolve,” stated Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president/CEO of MVHS. “I appreciate the Board’s energy and commitment as we plan for the years ahead.”

The two organizations employ more than 4,200 (FTE) employees and have a combined operating budget of $537 million. View full fact sheet >


Debra Altdoerffer
VP, Communications and Development
MohawkValley Health System
(315) 624-5716