NEWBURGH – Interim St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital President Joan Cusack-McGuirk has been appointed permanent president and CEO of the healthcare facility. She held the interim post since June 2015.
Cusack-McGuirk, of New Windsor, has more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving more than 20 years at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Prior to being named to the leadership in June of last year, she served as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at the hospital.
She said SLCH is transforming healthcare.
“What was going to work yesterday may not necessarily work tomorrow,” Cusack-McGuirk said. “We are trying to keep ahead of the trend and really move into a population health model where we are not reacting to illness but trying to prevent illness. We are going into a wellness model and at the same time taking care of the acute care needs of our own community.”
Michelle Rider, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, said Cusack-McGuirk “truly understands the direction of healthcare transformation, and there is no better person to lead St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital into the future of healthcare delivery.”
Dr. Steven Safyer, president and CEO of Montefiore Health System, the healthcare network partner with SLCH announced early this year, called Cusack-McGuirk “a visionary administrator and experienced nurse leader who knows she can succeed when caring for people comes first.”
Under Cusack-McGuirk’s leadership, the hospital earned several awards and accreditations, including being designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by BlueCross BlueShield; recognized as a five-star recipient for treatment of Sepsis by Healthgrades; as well as being named a Most Wired Hospital because of SLCH’s information technology infrastructure.