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ECMC Corp. Board Elects New Officers

Sharon L. Hanson reelected as Chair

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; March 17, 2016—The Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC) Board of Directors recently elected new officers.

Sharon L. Hanson was elected chair for a fourth term, having previously served three consecutive terms as chair. Hanson served on the ECMCC board of directors and the former board of managers since 1996. During that time, she chaired board committees including: executive, executive compensation and governance committees; human resources, building and grounds, and performance improvement committees.

“I am honored to be selected by my fellow board members to again serve as chair of the ECMCC board of directors,” Ms. Hanson said. “This is a very exciting time for ECMC as we continue to experience strong growth in our inpatient and outpatient procedures, increased Emergency Room visits and maintain our key collaborative role in the Millennium Collaborative Care effort that is making significant advancements in forging partnerships with over 400 healthcare providers, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, several behavioral health and developmentally disabled clinics, and community-based organizations in our region. Most importantly, our tremendous healthcare providers help us maintain our commitment to the best possible quality services and patient experience, which is our highest priority.”
Other officers elected to the ECMC Corporation Board of Directors include: vice chair/chair-elect Jonathan A. Dandes, president, Rich Baseball Operations/Rich Products Corp.; vice chair Kevin E. Cichocki, D.C., co-founder, Palladian Muscular Skeletal Health; vice chair Kevin M. Hogan, Esq., partner, Phillips Lytle – Buffalo office; vice chair Michael A. Seaman, director of Treasury and Collections, City of Buffalo; secretary Douglas H. Baker, president, Mercy Flight WNY; treasurer Bishop Michael A. Badger, senior pastor, Bethesda World Harvest International Church; and president and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., Ph.D., ECMC Corp.

Sharon L Hanson is currently executive director at Deaf Access Services, Inc. (DAS), the oldest local not-for-profit deaf service provider serving all eight counties of Western New York. As an independent 501c3 non-profit agency, DAS provides assistance and a variety of life balancing services for deaf, deaf/blind, hard of hearing and late-deafened persons, including job placement, advocacy, American Sign Language (ASL) educational opportunities, and a variety of interpreter services. Before joining DAS, Ms. Hanson was the director of government relations at Time Warner Cable, and area manager of public and community affairs at Adelphia Communications. During her 15 year tenure at the cable companies, she was responsible for creating and maintaining positive relations with political officials at the Federal, State and local levels of government. She negotiated franchise agreements and provided constituent assistance to ensure integrity and strong consistent relations for the cable company within the community it served. Prior to joining Adelphia, Hanson was the special projects manager at Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority where she was delegated to the Airport Improvement Project (AIP) resulting in the construction of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, one of the most extraordinary airports in the country.

Ms. Hanson is the recipient of many honors, awards and recognitions for her untiring effort to assist local not-for-profit organizations. She was the first woman and first African-American to serve as chair of the board at ECMCC. Sharon was also honored with the Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award by the ECMC Foundation for her passion and dedication to ECMC and health care in Western New York. She was twice the recipient of the Black Achievers in Industry Award. The Medgar Evers NAACP, MBE/WBE Association, YWCA, and several other local organizations also recognized her. Hanson was also a finalist for the prestigious Athena Award in recognition of her professional experience, commitment, and support of talented women in the Buffalo Niagara region.

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