January 8, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Board of Directors announces the retirement plans for president and CEO Scott H. Perra, FACHE. He will retire from the organization 18 months from now on June 30, 2019. Perra was appointed president of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) in January 2009. FSLH and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) affiliated in March 2014 at which time he was named president and CEO of the newly formed MVHS.
Perra joined what was then the St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center (SLMHC) in 1985, becoming the executive vice president/chief operating officer in 1989. He remained in the position through the Faxton Hospital and SLMHC consolidation that began in November 1998 and formed FSLH. He was named president/CEO of FLSH in January 2009 with the retirement of former CEO Keith A. Fenstemacher.
“We are grateful to have Scott’s vision, leadership and commitment, always working to move our health system to a new level of excellence,” stated Joan W. Compson, chair of the MVHS Board of Directors. “The opportunity to build a new regional healthcare system for our community was Scott’s vision as well as the boards’ and we are grateful for all he is doing to help make that vision into a reality. We believe finding a new CEO for the system will take some time and we appreciate that we can continue to work with Scott in the months ahead.”
The MVHS Board of Directors has formed a Search Committee to begin the process of recruitment for a new CEO for MVHS. MVHS is the parent company of FSLH, SEMC and all related corporations in Utica, New York and serves a multi-county area in Central New York. For the area, it’s a large system comprised of 571 acute care beds, 202 long term care beds and more than 40 locations throughout Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties. MVHS is an integrated delivery system with approximately $566 million in revenue, more than 4,250 full time equivalent employees and nearly 23,500 inpatient admissions and 650,000 outpatient visits annually.