June 23, 2022
HORNELL, NY – The St. James Hospital board of directors announced today that Wendy Disbrow, MBA, RN, has been named permanent president and CEO effective July 18, 2022. She has been serving as interim CEO since mid-March.
“With her successful experience at St. James and elsewhere in rural healthcare, Ms. Disbrow was our strongest candidate,” said Shawn Hogan, St. James board chair. “She has proven her ability to integrate into our operation. She has quickly gained the trust and respect of medical staff and employees, and she understands the challenges of small community hospitals.”
“Ms. Disbrow is a highly respected healthcare leader who has a solid track record as an administrator, strategist and clinician,” said Steven I. Goldstein, senior vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center who oversees UR Medicine regional hospitals, and also serves as president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Rochester. “We greatly appreciate the contributions she made during her interim status and are delighted she will be taking over the CEO role on a permanent basis.”
While serving at St. James Hospital, Disbrow continued in her role as vice president, physician network for Finger Lakes Health (FLH) on a half-time basis. FHL operates Geneva General Hospital (Geneva), Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital (Penn Yan), and community healthcare services. She will resign her leadership position at FLH to join St. James on a permanent basis. Her previous roles include chief administrative officer for FLH Medical P.C., a multi-specialty physician group, and administrator for Interlakes Orthopaedic Surgery, both in Geneva. She has more than 15 years of experience in nursing staff and nurse-manager roles.
“I am honored that the St. James board is entrusting me with this position and recognizes my commitment to the health of rural communities,” said Disbrow. “I am excited and eager to begin working fulltime at St. James Hospital with its outstanding and dedicated medical staff and employees. Together, we will enhance the quality and diversity of services that our local population needs, build stronger community relationships, and continuously improve the patient and family care experience.”
Ms. Disbrow is a Penn Yan native, and currently resides there with her husband.