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Interim hospital CEO says many health services provided locally

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 31 July 2020 at 7:32 am

‘Because of the generosity of our community, we have been able to handle all that has been thrown at us so far.’

Contributed photo: Marc Shurtz is the interim chief executive/chief financial officer at Orleans Community Health. He started the job on Wednesday, replacing Mark Cye, who left to take the chief financial officer position at Warren General Hospital in Warren, Pa.

MEDINA – It has always been Marc Shurtz’s goal to attain a position where he could help an organization thrive.

He believes he is on the path to realizing that goal as the new interim chief executive/chief financial officer at Orleans Community Health.

Shurtz officially took over the position on Wednesday from Mark Cye, who joined Orleans Community Health just five years ago and held the duel title of CEO/CFO for just over two years. Cye resigned, effective July 28, to take a position as CFO at Warren General Hospital, an $80 million operation in Warren, Pa.

Cye said he has enjoyed his time and roles at Orleans Community Health and is excited to get back to the finance role. He credits the hospital’s movement in the right direction during the past several years to the continuous support of the staff at Orleans Community Health, something which Shurtz hopes continues under his direction.

Shurtz grew up in Michigan and moved to this area after serving in the Navy for 13 years. He was drawn to the healthcare field because he finds it very rewarding to have a positive effect on the community every day. Prior to his career move to Orleans Community Health, Shurtz worked for a large law firm in Buffalo for more than 10 years.

Cye is confident with Shurtz’s ability to fulfill his new role, as he has been working closely with Cye during the past year. Shurtz has served Orleans Community Health as chief information officer and corporate compliance officer since 2014. He brings 20 years of management experience spanning across military, legal and healthcare backgrounds.

Shurtz is excited about the opportunity to work with the community to find ways to keep Orleans Community Health a valuable asset for the community.

“We have been very fortunate to have the communities’ support during this pandemic,” Shurtz said. “Because of the generosity of our community, we have been able to handle all that has been thrown at us so far. We continue to be diligent in infection control and have been open to opening all services back up. In this day it is difficult to keep health care services close to home, but that is my goal. I also want to market a lot of the services which I don’t think the community realizes we provide.”

These include infusion therapy (beneficial to people suffering from dehydration, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and anemia), blood transfusions (on an out-patient basis), a wound care center, podiatry and phlebotomy , as well as blood tests and wide range of X-rays. Shurtz also noted the hospital’s long-term care ward recently achieved a four-star rating with the New York State Department of Health.

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