CEO Kathryn Ruscitto: Civic-Driven Leader of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center

Kathryn Ruscitto was named the 13th president and CEO of Syracuse, N.Y.-based St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in 2009.

Ms. Ruscitto has been serving St. Joseph's since 2001 when she was named senior vice president for strategic, development and governmental affairs. In 2009, she was named executive vice president before being named as CEO. During her tenure as CEO, she has led initiatives dedicated to improving quality and safety throughout the hospital network. In addition, she has expanded St. Joseph's community services and has been instrumental in leading a multi-million dollar renovation project.

Ms. Ruscitto has also dedicated herself to civic-minded and mission-driven roles. She previously worked for Loretto, an elderly care non-profit organization, as senior vice president of strategy, where she implemented the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly and developed community collaborations and partnerships that still exist. In 1988, she was appointed the administrator for human services for Onondaga County, N.Y. In that position, she oversaw the development of the Emergency Communications Center, which merged most police, fire and EMS dispatch and communication services. Ms. Ruscitto was instrumental in reforming the department of social services and children's division, including a reform plan that helped to lower the infant mortality rate in the county.

Ms. Ruscitto is a member of the Knights and Dames of Malta, an international Catholic charitable relief organization. She serves as chair of the national committee for response to the Haitian disaster for the Federal Association of Malta. She is also a member of Syracuse 2020 — a non-profit coalition of community leaders — the Healthcare Association of New York State and a board member of several local and national healthcare and philanthropic organizations.

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