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Schuyler Hospital president and CEO Watson to retire in February, successor named

Jim Watson

MONTOUR FALLS, N.Y. — Jim Watson, president and CEO of Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, has announced his plan to retire in February.

The Cayuga Health System board of directors has appointed Rebecca Gould, the facility’s CFO, as the system’s next president.

Rebecca Gould

As part of the transition plan, Gould will step into the role of COO on Oct. 14 and then assume the role of president in February, Schuyler Hospital said in a Monday news release.

Schuyler Hospital — a member of the Ithaca–based Cayuga Health System — is a 25-bed critical access hospital, with a 120-bed skilled nursing facility attached.

“The growth of Schuyler Hospital in recent years thanks to our partnership with Cayuga Medical Center has been phenomenal,” Watson contended in the release. “With the rapid expansion of specialty services, new technology including 3D mammography, renovations of our primary care centers, and our current $10.3 million transformation project, bringing us a state-of-the-art medical-surgical unit and fully renovated primary care within the hospital.”

Gould has worked at Schuyler Hospital since 2000, starting as a medical billing representative and “working her way up” to her current role of CFO and executive director of finance, the hospital said.

About Watson

Watson was hired as president and CEO of Schuyler Hospital in February 2016 after serving decades in hospital leadership roles in New York. In addition to his work with Schuyler Hospital, Watson also served as president of Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath for 19 years, two years as CEO of Massena Memorial Hospital, and nine years as assistant executive director of Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.

Watson also served on the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) board of directors between 2012 and 2014 and as the president of the Rochester Regional Healthcare Association between 2011 and 2015.

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Photo credit: Cayuga Health System


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