The Guthrie Clinic yesterday (July 29) named Bath native Jennifer Yartym, MSPT, MBA as the new president of Guthrie Cortland Medical Center (GCMC). She’ll officially begin that role on September 9, filling the shoes of Mark Webster who served as president of Cortland’s hospital for the past five years.
During that tenure, Webster oversaw expanded services and led the affiliation effort between then-Cortland Regional Medical Center and Guthrie. During his time, Cortland’s hospital was recognized on multiple occasions by New York State for value-based purchasing and patient safety scores.
Webster announced back in April that he planned to retire from his position in order to spend more time with his wife as she recovers from illness.
Yartym is currently the Vice President of Operations at Guthrie Corning Hospital.
She received both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College and a Master of Business Administration from Alfred University. She’s also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
In 2000, Yartym joined then-Corning Hospital as Director of Rehabilitation Services and was later promoted to Director of HealthWorks Wellness & Fitness Center and Rehabilitation Services in 2004. She then became a Senior Director in 2012.
Yartym provided operational oversight of the transition to the new Guthrie Corning Hospital in July 2014, and in 2015 she was promoted to Vice President of Operations of that hospital.
Both Guthrie and GCMC representatives are confident Yartym is the right choice to facilitate further integration of GCMC and Guthrie services and operations.
“Jennifer demonstrates exceptional communication and leadership skills evidenced by employee and community engagement.,” said Guthrie COO Paul VerValin. “With nearly 20 years of experience with Guthrie, she is uniquely positioned to facilitate further integration of GCMC and Guthrie services and operations.”
“Jennifer took the time prior to her candidacy to learn about our hospital and our community,” said GCMC Board Chairman Jeffrey Seibert. “Ultimately, it was Jennifer’s experience, her focus on integrity, trust and respect, coupled with an ability to see how to integrate Guthrie’s organizational goals with Cortland’s future, that revealed her to be the logical choice.”
Yartym, herself, says she is more than ready to take on her new responsibilities:
“This is an extremely exciting time in healthcare with many innovative technologies and an ever- changing environment,” said Ms. Yartym. “My years at Guthrie Corning Hospital have been instrumental in preparing me for this new chapter. I am very humbled and honored to accept this position and I look forward to my new role.”