ALEXANDRIA BAY — River Hospital has appointed a new chief executive officer, concluding its year-and-a-half long search.
Emily Mastaler, who has served in multiple leadership roles at Health Care and Rehabilitation Services in Springfield, Vt., will begin her work at River Hospital no later than Oct. 1.
“I am deeply honored for this incredible opportunity to join the River Hospital team and the 1000 Islands community,” Ms. Mastaler said in a statement. “Despite the ever changing healthcare landscape, it is clear that the river community holds a strong and abiding commitment to the delivery of exceptional healthcare, specifically designed to meet the needs of those we serve. I am truly excited to carry forward this mission in collaboration with our community partners, providers and patients.
According to the hospital. Ms. Mastaler, who could not be reached for comment, served as chief operating officer of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services since 2014, after working as its director of residential services, director of new perspectives for care and manager of community rehabilitation and treatment programs from 2007 to 2014.
She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Elmira College, according to the hospital.
“She’s a strategic thinker, has quite a bit of experience in the healthcare environment in rural settings, very, very intelligent,” said Joseph W. Russell, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors. “She appears to be an excellent fit for our institution.”
Current CEO Ben Moore III announced his retirement in March 2018. He planned to leave in the fall of 2018, but the hospital board’s efforts to find a suitable replacement for him faltered, delaying his departure.
Mr. Russell said the board formed a search committee to find a new chief executive itself, but it struggled, particularly to schedule meetings, which elongated the search. The hospital’s board then hired the executive search firm Phillips DiPisa, Boston, in March for assistance. The firm brought 10 suitable candidates, and after several interviews, the hospital board chose Ms. Mastaler.
“It’s certainly a relief and we’re certainly happy to welcome the new CEO, but it’s bittersweet because we have to say goodbye to Ben,” Mr. Russell said.
Mr. Moore served as CEO of the hospital for 13 years. He accepted the position in 2006, three years after the hospital reopened independent from Samaritan Health Systems in 2003.
“He’s willing to stay as long as (Ms. Mastaler) would like him to in an advisory capacity,” for the transition, Mr. Russell said.