Patrick Mannion, Chair of Crouse Hospital’s Board of Directors, has announced that Kimberly Boynton, who currently serves as the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2014. Crouse CEO Paul Kronenberg, MD, has been asked, and has accepted the position of Vice Chair of the Board and will continue working closely with the board and senior leadership in this strategic role. He will also continue to serve as member of the hospital’s senior leadership team.
Dr. Kronenberg has served as Crouse’s President and CEO since February 2004. Ms. Boynton was appointed CFO in October 2003.
“Kimberly is a dynamic, action-oriented leader who is uniquely qualified for the role of CEO of Crouse Hospital,” states Mannion. “Her depth and breadth of experience within the Crouse system in virtually all operational areas of the organization, coupled with her loyalty to and passion for Crouse and her community engagement experience give the board great confidence that she’s the right individual to move into this critical role at this important time.”
Says Dr. Kronenberg: “Crouse’s continued success will be highly dependent on having a leader who nurtures and fosters the organizational culture we’ve established over the past decade and who understands and can connect with physicians. Our work to create an overall environment where employees and physicians want to work continues to be a strategic focus for the hospital and has been strongly supported by Kimberly as a member of the senior leadership team.”
In her current position, Boynton’s responsibilities go far beyond what would be considered the “normal” scope of a CFO role, says Mannion. In addition to overseeing all day-to-day finance and business office functions for the hospital, Boynton has oversight of information technology; health information management; patient access; engineering and facilities; housekeeping; purchasing; materials management; and construction management functions for the 506-bed hospital.
As CFO, Boynton has been instrumental in the development of numerous strategic initiatives for the organization, including program development; ARRA Stage 1 ‘meaningful use’ roll-out; acquisition of Internist Associates of CNY; formation and integration of Crouse Medical Practice (for which she currently serves as president); and construction of the hospital’s $53 million Witting Surgical Center and $13 million parking garage projects.
Ms. Boynton started at Crouse in 1998 as a finance analyst and has been an integral member of the hospital’s senior leadership team since 2004. She holds a master’s in business administration from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and is actively involved in the community through her numerous board appointments and other civic involvement [bio attached].
Boynton was an original core group participant in Crouse’s efforts to transform the culture of the organization following its emergence from Chapter 11 in late 2003. That effort continues today and is the foundation for the hospital’s ongoing strategic focus on cultural transformation and its integration throughout the organization.
States Mannion: “Dr. Kronenberg and the Board have discussed succession planning since early 2011. He had previously stated a desire to retire in 2012, but was asked to continue in the CEO role to oversee a number of strategic initiatives, which he graciously agreed to. With the Board’s full confidence in Kimberly as his successor, Paul feels now is the right time for him to transition to another role within the organization.”
That role, says Mannion, will have a significant focus on working closely with physicians as the hospital continues to build a coordinated, more integrated network of care delivery and as it continues to explore potential strategic partnering options that are in line with its culture, mission, vision and values.
“Dr. Kronenberg’s leadership of Crouse Hospital over the past decade has been nothing short of phenomenal. Under his stewardship, Crouse has created an organizational culture where patients want to come for their care, employees want to work, and physicians want to send their patients,” states Mannion.
That sharp focus on culture and the hospital’s mission and values, says Mannion, is what differentiates Crouse and has lead the hospital to being named ‘Business of the Year’ not once but twice (2006, 2012), as well as the first U.S. hospital recipient of Workforce Management magazine’s Optimas Award for General Excellence (2008).
“Paul’s connection to the CNY medical community goes back decades. He’s highly regarded and respected, both within the Crouse system and the wider community, and his wisdom, experience and community-focused philosophy will be invaluable as we continue our work to keep Crouse strong and well positioned for the future,” states Mannion.