Peter V. McGinn, Ph.D., will be leaving as president and chief executive officer of United Health Services as of April 27, said Judith Peckham, chair of the board of the health care system.
The Board of Directors has promoted Matthew J. Salanger, president and CEO of United Health Services Hospitals, to succeed Dr. McGinn as CEO of the system, Ms. Peckham said.
is leaving the organization to devote his
professional time to health care consultation.
"Our organization has become a vital health link for our region, and I'm proud to have been part of that," Dr. McGinn
"United Health Services
is strengthened by thousands of employees who all share what we call 'The Spirit of Service,' and by volunteer board members who are models of commitment.
am very confident in the skills, experience and dedication of our staff and leaders, and that allows me to feel positive about the continued success of our system," he
"I find my greatest satisfaction is working with organizations as a partner and mentor, and I want to extend the range of people and organizations with which I work," he said.
"Nevertheless, it is very difficult to leave United Health Services
On behalf of the board, Ms. Peckham had high praise for the job Dr. McGinn
has done during his years of service with United Health Services
was instrumental in helping the young United Health Services
grow, having joined the organization just a few short years after its incorporation in 1981," Ms. Peckham said.
wants to bring this kind of success to other organizations as a consultant."
arrived at United Health Services
in 1984 as a consultant.
He then served for several years as vice president for Human Resources and left the organization for a two-and a-half-year stint as vice president for Human Resources with Johns Hopkins Hospital andHealth System in Baltimore.
In 1993 Dr. McGinn returned to United Health Services, where he held posts as vice president and senior vice president for Management Services and as executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
In 2000 he became system CEO.
Dr. McGinn grew up in the New York City area and received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Johns Hopkins University,a master's in clinical psychology from Penn State University, and a master's and doctorate in psychology from Johns Hopkins.
wife Marilyn have two children and live in Vestal
During his tenure at United Health Services, Dr. McGinn served on the executive committee of the Healthcare Association of New York State, and was chairperson of HANYS during 2005.
case, it is his
integrity, an uncommon amount of common sense, a gentle sense of humor, and the rare mix of wisdom and humility.
What makes Peter
so extraordinary is that when you get to know him, you find he
is a regular guy but with extraordinary determination and insights.
You start out liking him as a person and end up admiring him as a leader.
In addition, he
was appointed by Gov.
George Pataki to serve on the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council and the Mental Health Services Council
An active civic leader, Dr. McGinn has served as a campaign chairman for the United Way of Broome County and as a member of the Vestal Board of Education.
He is on the board of the Broome Community College Foundation and the executive committee of the SEVA Foundation, an international health and social services agency based in Berkeley, Calif.
He has taught courses at Binghamton University on leadership and organizational behavior, and is the author of "Leading Others, Managing Yourself," a book focusing on his insights into managerial success.
"I count it a great privilege to have been selected by the board for this challenging new role as system president, and will work to build on the successes that Pete
and our whole team have made possible through our vision and devotion to serving others."