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Health care industry veteran Putnam to retire in March

Rochester Business Journal
December 17, 2013

Stewart Putnam, president of Unity Health System Health Care Services Division, plans to retire March 7, officials said Tuesday.

Putnam, who was then CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital, moved to Unity in 1996 when Park Ridge Hospital and St. Mary’s merged to form the Unity Health System. In the merger, St. Mary’s acute care beds were moved Park Ridge, a development some feared would mean the loss of inner-city health services. Putnam had joined St. Mary’s Hospital in 1984.

Putnam played a key role in developing Unity’s St. Mary’s Campus, a complex that includes outpatient and behavioral health services and skilled nursing beds. Before being named Health Care Services president two years ago, he was Unity’s executive vice president. At various times, he served as the system’s chief operating officer and Unity Hospital’s top administrator.

Douglas Stewart, Health Care Services senior vice president, is slated to take over the division’s top job on Jan. 15. Stewart joined Unity in 2005 as vice president of behavioral health. He has overseen inpatient, ambulatory and support services at Unity’s Hospital in Greece since 2012.

From Jan. 15 to March 7, Putnam plans to serve as a special advisor to Unity CEO Warren Hern as Unity gears up to merge with Rochester General Health System.

Unity and RGHS have been working toward a merger for some months. They announced recently they expect soon to submit an application seeking clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for the merger. The systems expect to submit a certificate of need application to state regulators in the first quarter, Unity spokeswoman Natalie Ciao said.  

Putnam is slated to become chairman of the Alzheimer’s Association’s national board in October for a two-year term.
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