Rochester General and Unity Health Systems Announce New Identity as Rochester Regional Health System

July 8, 2014

Full Board of Directors is Named for Combined Organization

July 9, 2014 – Following more than a year of planning and regulatory review, on July 1, Rochester General Health System (RGHS) and Unity Health System formally came together to create a new non-profit health care system.  Today, the new entity’s official name – Rochester Regional Health System – was announced to more than 14,000 physicians, nurses, caregivers and support staff.

Interim co-CEOs Mark Clement and Warren Hern said the new name was chosen after a rigorous analysis, including extensive input from Unity and RGHS team members and physicians, as well as consumer market research across the region.

“This name reflects the vision of our new, unified system,” Clement said. “Rochester Regional Health System will build upon the work of Unity and RGHS, as a seamlessly integrated  network – including primary care, ambulatory, senior  and specialty services and acute care hospitals – delivering exceptional care throughout our 14-county region and beyond.”

“Rochester Regional Health System joins thousands of physicians and caregivers, all delivering community-focused, nationally recognized care to the greater Rochester region and beyond through our international ACM laboratory services,” Hern said. “Today’s announcement is another important step, as we move forward in a planned and thoughtful manner to improve access and lower costs to the high-quality, patient-centered care for which RGHS and Unity have long been known.”

Hern and Clement emphasized that RGHS and Unity patients will enjoy continuity of care as the new combined organization continues to evolve. “They won’t see major changes or any compromises in the care they are accustomed to receiving at Unity or Rochester General health system sites,” Hern said.

The Rochester Regional Health System Board of Directors also convened their first meeting today. The volunteer board, comprised of community, business and physician leaders, includes:

Robert Dobies, board chair

Michael Nuccitelli, vice chair

Faheem Masood, treasurer

Rob Sands, secretary



Rachel Adonis

Jagat Mehta, MD

Linda Becker

Daniel Meyers

Ralph DeStephano

Leonard Olivieri

Nancy Ferris, PhD

Elizabeth Patton, PhD

Karen M. Gallina

Thomas Penn, MD

John Genier, MD

John Riedman

Robert Havrilla

Thomas Riley

Tarun Kothari, MD

Efrain Rivera

Anna Lynch

Leon Sawyko

Jeffrey Mapstone

Justin Smith

All announced executive and senior leadership appointments for Rochester Regional Health System also took effect today. Over the next year these leaders will focus on integration efforts, operating plan development and building a common culture.

A search for a new permanent CEO is also underway, and expected to be complete by the end of 2014.

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