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News from Unity


Unity Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Tim McCormick, the longest-serving health care executive in the Rochester community, announced yesterday that he plans to retire at the end of 2009 after 36 years with the Health System.

“I have mixed emotions about making this announcement,” said McCormick. “It has been my honor and my privilege to serve the Unity family and this community. This is the right time for me and for Unity to make this transition.” He added, “My success would not have been possible without the incredible efforts of hundreds of people who have helped make Unity the special organization that it is today.”

From 1979 to 1997, McCormick served as president and CEO of Park Ridge Hospital and Park Ridge Health System. When Park Ridge Health System and St. Mary’s Hospital aligned to form Unity Health System in 1997, he was named president and CEO.

“Tim has poured his heart, energy, and intellect into this organization, and our entire community has benefited. His strategic approach was the driving force behind the expansion of Unity well beyond an acute care hospital. The board is grateful to him,” said Robert Oppenheimer, chairman, Unity Health System.

Nagendra Nadaraja, M.D., long-time chief of Surgery at Unity Hospital, said: “Tim’s challenging and provocative leadership skills, vision, and strong commitment to high quality, cost effective health care are unmatched in Rochester. We shall miss him.”

Following McCormick’s announcement at Unity’s annual meeting, the Unity Health System board of directors approved the appointment of Warren Hern, the organization’s executive vice president and chief financial officer since 1985, as president and CEO, effective January 1, 2010.

“The board conducted a thorough and thoughtful process to select Tim’s successor,” said Robert Asbury, M.D., who chaired the Succession Planning Committee. “Based on Warren’s track record of success, we believe he is highly qualified to lead Unity into the future. He will certainly build upon Tim’s outstanding commitment to customer focus, community responsiveness, and high quality patient care, and will steer us successfully through the multiple complex challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Backgrounder on Tim McCormick President & Chief Executive Officer
In the course of his exemplary career, Tim McCormick has led Unity Health System to many significant milestones and accomplishments.

Formation of Unity Health System and transformation of St. Mary’s Hospital 
The alliance of the former St. Mary’s Hospital and Park Ridge Health System to form Unity Health System in the late 1990s has been hailed as a model by local community leaders and throughout the health care industry. Under Mr. McCormick's leadership, Unity successfully achieved a reconfiguration of acute care services, the transformation of St. Mary's Hospital into a vibrant community health center, and a significant financial turnaround. Since then, Mr. McCormick has led Unity to become an economic force in our community. With a 2009 annual operating budget of $468 million and over 5,300 employees, Unity is Rochester’s 6th largest employer. Due in large part to Mr. McCormick's relentless focus on quality outcomes and customer satisfaction, Unity has experienced ten consecutive years of growth in patient volumes and a positive bottom line. Patient satisfaction across the organization is consistently above 98%. Unity has received numerous state and national accolades for clinical quality and patient safety outcomes.

Development of the Unity Park Ridge Campus 
During his tenure with Park Ridge Health System, he oversaw development of the 156-acre Park Ridge Health Care Campus in Greece – expanding it well beyond what was considered traditional for a community hospital system. In response to changing community needs, the decade of the 1980s was a time of unprecedented growth for the Health System, which included the expansion of innovative long term care services for the elderly, creation of chemical dependency and mental health treatment facilities and programs, and construction of a child care center – the first to be built by a local hospital – to meet the needs of its employees.

Creation of a comprehensive continuum of health care services 
Mr. McCormick oversaw development of Unity’s continuum of services for older adults – now the most comprehensive in Rochester with three skilled nursing facilities, six adult day care programs, home and community-based services, and five housing communities serving residents of all income levels. The Villages at Unity was the first senior living community in Rochester to be affiliated with a hospital and located on a hospital Campus.

Mr. McCormick fostered the formation and growth of Unity Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician group practice now consisting of over 100 primary care physicians and specialists, dentists, hospitalists, intensivists, and mid-level practitioners, practicing at 31 locations throughout Monroe County.

In 1984, Park Ridge Health System purchased ACM Medical Laboratory. Today, ACM Laboratory’s services extend far beyond the clinical lab testing it provides to patients, physicians, hospitals and nursing homes in western New York. ACM-Pivotal is an expanding global force in central laboratory testing for clinical trials, with operations in more than 60 countries.

Community Involvement & Professional Development
Mr. McCormick currently serves as chairman of Health Care Casualty Insurance Limited (HCCI) and as a board member of the Rochester Business Alliance. He has served as a board member of MMI Companies, the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), United Way of Greater Rochester, and Fleet Bank Regional Board. He is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He is a past recipient of the Monroe County Medical Society’s Edward Mott Moore Award.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in History from Seton Hall University, and a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the Medical College of Virginia.

Backgrounder on Warren Hern Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Warren Hern is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Unity Health System, having held the CFO position since 1985. He also serves as president of Unity’s for-profit operations, which includes ACM Medical Laboratory, and he serves as chief compliance officer. Hern joined Park Ridge Health System, the predecessor to Unity Health System, in 1976 and progressively assumed greater responsibilities.

Hern served as national chairman of the board of directors of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) during 1996-97 year, and prior to that served in various officer positions and on the board of directors. HFMA is the nation's leading membership organization for healthcare financial management executives and leaders, with more than 35,000 members. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Rochester Simon School and Roberts Wesleyan College MBA programs.

He currently serves as treasurer of Cerebral Palsy (CP) of Rochester. He is a member of the JPMorgan Chase Rochester Region Advisory Board and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Finance Committee. Hern holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BS Degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. He is a fellow in HFMA.

Warren Hern photo
Tim McCormick photo
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Unity Health System provides a complete network of health care services from the Unity Park Ridge Hospital Campus in the town of Greece, the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, and at numerous other sites throughout Rochester and western Monroe County. Services include inpatient and outpatient hospital care and surgery, a family birth place, women’s health services, chemical dependency and mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, adult day health and home health programs for older adults, retirement communities, child care, and laboratory services, among many others.