The two Albany hospital systems are the closest tertiary healthcare providers — hospitals that provide specialty services beyond what community hospitals can — to Kingston. A link with either would expand their market share south of Albany. HealthAlliance routinely sends many referrals to both.
The decision on partnership is probably months away. At present, board chairman Ryan is intrigued with the HealthQuest possibility. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, meanwhile, leans toward an affiliation with one of the Albany tertiary-care systems. With so much activity among insurers and large groups of specialty providers, other options may be available.
Lundquist’s resignation was accepted last Thursday by the HealthAlliance board. No cause was given. “Dave Scarpino and the executive team have the board’s full support as we move toward the next phase of HealthAlliance,” Ryan was quoted as saying in a press release.
Also disclosed later the same day were the resignations of two other members of HealthAlliance’s executive team: chief operating officer Charles Flinn and vice president of support services of support services Dennis Pignato. According to 2010 compensation records, the three administrators who resigned last week received total compensation of $1,129,787, including benefits and bonuses, that year.
The present officers of the HealthAlliance board of directors, elected on March 27 to a two-year term, include chairman Ryan, vice chair Cynthia Lowe, treasurer Craig Sickler and secretary Nancy Davenport. The other board members are Howard Berliner, Kevin R. Bryant, Pamela Carroad, Dr. Martin Cascio, Thomas Collins, Carol Crews, Dr. Eugene Heslin, Thomas Jacobi, Dr. Mark Josefski, Dr. Ellis Lader, Rich Mathews, Stephanie Murphy and Albert Spada.
Several board members either declined official comment or did not return phone calls. Currently, Ryan is the sole spokesperson for the HealthAlliance board.