River Hospital's Retiring CEO Reflects On Successes

River Hospital's Retiring CEO Reflects On Successes

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Ben Moore has been River Hospital's CEO for the last 11 years. But this October, he'll be leaving his desk behind and heading towards retirement.

"My wife decided to retire. She's gonna retire in March so I picked a date too," he said.

Moore says he's staying on as CEO until October because there's a few things he wants to accomplish first. He wants to see the hospital's plan to affiliate with Crouse Health in Syracuse go through.

He also wants to see work start on the hospital's new medical office building which is going to be housed in the old Monticello Hotel in Alexandria Bay.

"I wanna just insure we maintain our financial sustainability," he said.

Moore says that's been the biggest challenge during his tenure. But, he says the success of the hospital's mental health program and a higher volume of ambulatory surgeries has helped.

He says 2017 was a good year for the hospital; it made a very substantial profit.

Moore says the hospital's board should be starting the search for his replacement soon. But whomever that person is, Moore has some advice.

"There are times certainly when there's a lot of stress involved, but the reward is definitely worth it because you're doing something very positive for the community," he said.

Moore says once he retires, he plans on traveling more with his wife.

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