MMH Board of Managers Name New CEO
Massena Memorial Hospital Board of Managers has named Robert G. Wolleben, MASHA FACHE as the new Chief Executive Officer of the hospital effective December 15, 2014. Mr. Wolleben is a native New Yorker with over thirty years of healthcare management experience.
The search for the new executive began this summer when Cejka Executive Search was retained by the Board of Managers to consult with them concerning the search process and the vetting of potential candidates. After reviewing the credentials of numerous candidates, four finalists were interviewed by the Board. Three were invited to Massena for in-depth interviews with the administrative, medical and hospital staff. Mr. Wolleben was selected from over 70 total applicants. The MMH Board of Managers Search committee was very pleased with the guidance and professionalism provided by Cejka throughout the process.
Mr. Wolleben graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and received a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration from George Washington University Graduate School of Business. He has held a number of administrative positions in for profit and not for-profit hospitals, as well as hospitals with religious affiliations. From 1992 to 2003, Mr. Wolleben was the Vice President for Professional and Support Services in Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center in Plattsburgh, NY. Subsequently he served as an executive with Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY. Recently he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Trumball Memorial Hospital in Warren, OH. Currently he is the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Dr. John Warner Hospital in Clinton, Illinois.
“The Board of Managers is extremely pleased with our candidate, Mr. Wolleben and are looking forward to working with him in the near future,” said Tina Buckley, MMH Board of Managers Chairperson. “He brings years of experience in working with hospital boards, community members, medical staff and the employees and is familiar with healthcare in New York State.”
Mr. Wolleben has extensive experience in managing organizations with complex financial issues. He has demonstrated success in establishing and growing profitable services lines through program development and quality improvement. In all of his administrative positions he has engendered and maintained strong relationships with the Board, the community, the medical staff and the employees of the organizations. In addition to significant financial acumen, he has helped grow physician practices, recruit physicians, and has had responsibilities for all major areas within hospital and the ambulatory arena.