BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After months of acing as the interim CEO of the Erie County Medical Center, Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., Ph.D., has been promoted to permanent CEO of the corporation.
Quatroche stepped in as leadership at the Erie County Medical Center went through a tumultuous end of 2015. The Board of Directors ousted then-CEO Richard Cleland in November, soon after the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Mary Hoffman resigned.
Officials say they took opinions from local community leaders, health officials and staff at the hospital in their decision. The inside hire goes against the original national search the group set out on. The Board of Directors settled on Quatroche due to his 20 years in health care in multiple executive roles, and he spent 11 of them overseeing surgical services at the hospital.
“Tom is well-known and respected by the doctors, nurses and staff,” Dr. Sam Cloud, president of the ECMC medical staff, said. “He has developed a high level of trust and credibility, overseeing multiple practices and with his leadership of key segments of our growth areas.”
Quatroche took a step back, however, saying his role is less important than the doctors and nurses that save lives — although he is honored to accept the promotion.
“I’ve said that multiple times that I am, and really any CEO is, the least important person here,” Quatroche said in a release. “What the doctors, nurses and staff do for our patients is really what matters, and it humbles me to lead them.”
The hospital did not reveal what Quatroche is slated to make in his new position, however his predecessor was set to make $456,384 in 2015.