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CRMC CEO ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION – 04/13/2011

April 13, 2011 – Harris, NY – The Greater Hudson Valley Health System announced today the resignation of Steve Ruwoldt, CEO of Catskill Regional Medial Center (CRMC). Effective today, Greater Hudson Valley Health System President & CEO Scott Batulis will be at the hospital to work with CRMC’s senior management team to ensure a smooth transition. Shortly thereafter, CRMC’s Board of Directors will announce the appointment of an interim CEO while a national search is conducted for a replacement.

Batulis said “Steve has been a wonderful asset to our organization and has led us through a difficult period in CRMC’s history. When Steve joined us almost four years ago, the hospital had just undergone layoffs and was facing significant financial challenges. During his tenure, Steve helped restore CRMC’s credibility in the community and achieve financial and operational stability. CRMC is a vital resource for our community and we look forward to its continued growth and success.”

Under Ruwoldt’s leadership, CRMC:
– Improved its financial performance, from a $6 million loss in 2006 to a $2.4 million profit in 2010
– Launched a $6 million Emergency Department expansion project
– Became the lead agency for the Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) program of Sullivan County, thereby saving the program from closure
– Opened the Livingston Manor Family Health Center and Callicoon Family Health Center, providing primary care services to northern and western Sullivan County
– Modernized and upgraded facilities at the Harris campus
– Addressed quality issues and enhanced staff education
– Promoted community/hospital involvement and communication