2 New York hospitals will share CEO in cost-cutting move

Two community hospitals in New York plan to share a CEO as a way to save money, according to local news network WWNY

Carthage (N.Y.) Area Hospital CEO Rich Duvall will also become the CEO of Ogdensburg, N.Y.-based Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, effective Oct. 15. 

Mr. Duvall will replace Claxton-Hepburn's interim CEO Charles Gijanto, who is retiring.

The community hospitals said that the decision "has to happen" for the financial health of both hospitals. 

In addition to sharing a CEO, the two hospitals will affiliate. 

Mr. Duvall said he expects the affiliation and shared CEO role to save about $5 million in two years, according to the report. 

"I think this is an incredible opportunity for us to develop a regional system in the north country where the two facilities, Claxton and Carthage Area Hospital can work together to enhance the quality of healthcare delivered while trying to reduce costs," Mr. Duvall told WWNY. 

The hospital said it does not expect to lay off employees.

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