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Cayuga Health System CEO Rudd to retire in 2019; board selects Stallone to succeed

By Eric Reinhardt


John Rudd (left), president and CEO of both Cayuga Health System and Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, plans to retire in 2019. The organization’s board of directors has selected Dr. Martin Stallone as his successor. (Photo provided by Cayuga Health System)

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cayuga Health System of Ithaca on Tuesday announced that president and CEO John Rudd, who serves in the same capacity for Cayuga Medical Center, plans to retire in the fall of 2019.

Dr. Martin Stallone will succeed Rudd as president and CEO of Cayuga Medical Center on Jan. 1, 2019, the organization said in a news release.

To assist with the transition, Rudd will continue as president and CEO of Cayuga Health System until the fall of 2019 when Stallone will assume those additional responsibilities.

Stallone currently serves as VP of physician operations at Cayuga Medical Center and president of Cayuga Medical Associates.

Retiring from an organization like Cayuga Health System is “not an easy decision,” Rudd said in the release.

“I will miss working with our dedicated employees, physicians, volunteers, board of directors, and community partners to advance health-care services throughout the region,” said Rudd. “Since being appointed CEO, we have accomplished a great deal with a number of projects including a new state-of-the-art laboratory, new maternity unit, major renovation and expansion of surgical services, and more recently, a renovation of the behavioral-services unit and the ongoing efforts to establish a rural-residency program for internal-medicine physicians.”

Rudd went on to say that he is “very pleased” that the Cayuga Health System board of directors has appointed Stallone as his successor.

“He is well prepared to guide our entire organization forward and continue the focus on our mission of improving the health of our communities by delivering the highest quality of health care in a safe, compassionate, and sustainable manner, one person at a time,” said Rudd.

Stallone, who has worked at Cayuga Medical Center for nearly a decade, said his time with the organization has provided him “many” opportunities for growth and has prepared him well for his new role.

“I would like to thank John Rudd for his mentoring and guidance. I look forward to continuing my work with the many talented, committed people within our organization. I’m also eager to carry on our important work with the communities we serve; to evaluate and meet their health-care needs and provide ease of access to excellent care,” said Stallone.

About Cayuga Health System

Cayuga Health System has two hospitals, Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, as well as a multi-specialty group, Cayuga Medical Associates. The health system has more than 2,200 employees, including affiliated organizations.

The health-care system is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo for cancer services, and the University of Rochester for neurosciences. It has also teamed up with Family Health Network of Central New York to “enhance” care in the region.

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