Health System’s Perra deals with challenges prior to retirement

Amy Neff Roth

The timing of his retirement is not connected to any particular occasions, stated Scott Perra, president/CEO of the Mohawk Valley Health System.The health system just recently revealed that Perra will retire June 30, 2019, which the health system has begun looking for a replacement."I've never ever retired before so I'm uncertain what the correct time is, "Perra stated."There's a great deal of things happening with the health system. The new healthcare facility is the most apparent thing, however not the only thing. ... There's always something going on in a system this dynamic."

His retirement can be found in the very same year where the health system expects to break ground on its new medical facility prepared for downtown Utica. But Perra stated the groundbreaking didn't really have anything to do with his retirement date.

"Winters are harsh up here in some cases so it's good, I believe, to retire in the summer," he said.Perra said he has

no specific plans for his retirement beyond delighting in life and spending quality time with his family and grandson. He's having conversations about part-time work, however nothing definite enough to discuss yet, he said.Big difficulties stay during his time with the health system. He

anticipates the brand-new health center to be created and funding to be protected prior to he retires. The health system remains in talks with bigger health care systems about forming an association, he said. The health system prepares to start a 12 -to 18-month effort later on this year to put in brand-new health system-side infotech system, replacing four separate electronic medical records currently in usage, he said."We're still working on enhancing the quality of the organization,"he stated."We're still working on improving the financial stability of the company."Other healthcare leaders applauded Perra's management."

Scott Perra is a terrific leader and advocate for health care in his neighborhood and throughout the state,"said Bea Grause, president of the Health care Association of New York State." His strong dedication to guaranteeing quality health care for clients appears in everything he does. As a member of the HANYS Board of Trustees, Scott's energy and insight aid drive our work to shape public policy to positively affect the health care system and the patients we serve."Gary Fitzgerald, president of the Iroquois Health care Association concurred."As former Iroquois Health care Association board chairman, Mr. Perra showed a remarkable capability to anticipate incredible modification to the healthcare industry

,"he stated." His involvement in upstate advocacy efforts is shown by his dedication to offering quality care to the people of the Mohawk Valley and higher Upstate New York region. "Perra's pioneering spirit and strong leadership is apparent by the development of the Mohawk Valley Health System and his devotion to Upstate healthcare issues will surely be missed.

"Perra stated that he wants to keep a relationship with the health system, but one that needs a less intense dedication than the role of CEO.He likewise said he's offered to help veterinarian brand-new CEO candidates if

the board of directors desires his help or to remain on longer if a suitable prospect isn't really employed in time. "I'm not going anywhere,"Perra stated

." We've got to make sure we have actually got the best person to take this organization even beyond where we have actually taken it so far." Inquired about the challenges his replacement will deal with, Perra declined

to address." That depends on how much, "he said,"we can get solved between from time to time."Contact reporter Amy Neff Roth at 315-792-5166 or follow her on Twitter(@OD_Roth).