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Unity Health System Administrators Become “Apprentices” for a Day

Unity Health System’s administrators will report to work on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, but they won’t be doing their jobs. Instead, these top leaders will work in various staff roles, such as maintenance technician, food service assistant, and hospital patient transporter.

“Administrator Apprentice” is a one-day opportunity for Unity leaders to visit work sites and experience front-line job roles. While “on the job” they meet staff members, and understand through hands-on experience the rewards and challenges of other jobs within the Health System.

“Administrator Apprentice accomplishes many things we feel are important, including an opportunity to build camaraderie between administrators and staff at all levels,” said Maryalice Keller, vice president of Corporate Communications & Human Resources. “We feel it’s important to get our administrators out of their offices and usual venues so that they can gain appreciation for the many people at Unity who make us a successful organization.” Unlike a shadowing program, “Administrator Apprentice” will have hands-on involvement working an entire day’s shift.

A team of Unity staff members developed the plan, which included identifying a variety of jobs at Unity and assigning an administrator to each role. Assignments were revealed to administrators last month as part of the monthly Management Staff meeting.

Administrative Apprentice & Job Assignment
Douglas Stewart, Information Technology Help Desk Assistant

Joyce Zimowski, Surgical Center Family Liaison

Michael Nazar, M.D., Front Desk Medical Secretary, Unity Family
Medicine @ St. Mary’s

Robert Donahue, Medical Secretary, Unity Sleep Disorders Center

Mary Dombovy, M.D., Activities Assistant, Unity Adult Day Program at St. Mary’s

Tom Crilly, Maintenance Technician, Unity Care at Home

John Glynn, Bed Coordinator, Unity Hospital

Timothy McCormick, Front Desk Registrar, Unity Behavioral Health at West Main

Maryalice Keller, Teacher, Park Ridge Child Care

Candace Smith, Resource Specialist, Unity Contact Center

Joseph Salipante, M.D., Ambassador, Unity Hospital

James Marotta, Diet Clerk, Unity Hospital

Timothy Balconi, Food Service Assistant, Unity Living Center

Donald Felter, Courier Assistant, ACM Medical Laboratory

James Haley, M.D., Medicaid Liaison, Patient Financial Services

Art Glenz, Maintenance Technician, The Villages at Unity

Sandy MacWilliam, Recreation Assistant, Edna Tina Wilson Living Center

Jane Shukitis, Recreation Assistant, Park Ridge Living Center

Warren Hern, Unity Health System Sterile Processing Technologist, Unity Hospital

Stewart Putnam, Patient Transporter, Unity Hospital 


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.