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ECMCC Board Chair Receives Prestigious Statewide Healthcare Award

Sharon L. Hanson presented 2016 Healthcare Trustees of New York State Trustee Leadership
and Advocacy Award

Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC) Board Chair Sharon L. Hanson has been honored with the prestigious 2016 Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS) Trustee Leadership and Advocacy Award for her over 20 years of service on the ECMCC Board. She was presented the award on Saturday, September 17th at the HTNYS 37th Annual Trustees Conference attended by approximately 300 hospital trustees, physicians and administrators from across New York State.

ECMCC Chair Sharon L. Hanson said, “On behalf of our thousands of dedicated caregivers at ECMCC, as well as my fellow board members, I was deeply honored to receive the 2016 Healthcare Trustees of New York State Trustee Leadership and Advocacy Award. I share this award with all of our ECMCC family who everyday commit themselves to providing the best quality care for our patients, ensuring that each patient’s experience at ECMCC meets their needs and expectations.”

ECMCC President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche, Jr., Ph.D. said, “We couldn’t be happier for Sharon on receiving this award and we are very appreciative of the Healthcare Trustees of New York State for recognizing her tremendous contributions to both ECMCC and our community. Sharon is the consummate board member who, for 20 years, has served ECMCC in a variety of capacities on the Board and has helped navigate the hospital through an ever changing and challenging healthcare environment. Her leadership and advocacy on behalf of our ECMCC caregivers, as well as the diverse patient population we serve, has had a profoundly positive impact on the day-to-day operation of ECMCC, as well as the vitally important collaborative relationships we have with both Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo. We are very pleased that the Healthcare Trustees of New York State have chosen to honor her service in this way and recognize the important role of ECMCC in our community and State.”

Chosen from 500 healthcare HTNYS member institutions across New York State, this award is presented annually to an individual who, according to the HTNYS, “demonstrates a profound impact in the boardroom in terms of trustee skills, time commitment, and knowledge required for effective decision making.”  Further, HTNYS specified in their nomination guidelines that they were interested in individuals who take “a lead role in positioning their organizations to meet the challenges of the evolving healthcare environment [and] demonstrate outstanding contributions in grassroots advocacy initiatives on behalf of a hospital or health system.”

Over the years, Ms. Hanson, in various leadership positions at the hospital, has been instrumental in working with the dedicated ECMCC caregivers, the ECMCC Board and the broader community guiding ECMCC to great success.  She has fought tirelessly alongside her fellow Board members to protect the very valuable mission of ECMCC to care for everyone in our community, no matter their circumstance. 

Thanks to Ms. Hanson’s leadership, ECMCC has never been busier in its storied history. And while the hospital’s activity figures in every measureable category are up, the length of stay for patients is down, which underscores a well-designed and executed patient management system.

Ms. Hanson was selected by a national panel, which consisted of a Senior Advisor to a Chicago-based consulting firm specializing in governance, strategic planning, and facilitating change; the Vice President of Member Relations at the American Hospital Association (AHA); and the President/CEO for Texas Healthcare Trustees, a statewide association for board members of hospitals.

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