St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center today announced Kathryn H. Ruscitto has been named executive vice president for the organization. Under the leadership of Theodore M. Pasinski, president and chief executive officer, Ruscitto will guide the leadership structure and provide overall direction for the administrative team. Mary W. Brown will continue to serve as senior vice president and chief operating officer responsible for aligning the operations structure for St. Joseph's network.

"Kathryn Ruscitto has been an enthusiastic and visionary leader for St. Joseph's network," said Theodore M. Pasinski, president, St. Joseph's. "In her new position, she will continue to lead us to achieve our vision to be world-renowned for passionate patient care and outstanding clinical outcomes."

Ruscitto has served as St. Joseph's senior vice president of strategy, development, and government affairs at since 2001. In addition to leading the organization in strategic planning, Ruscitto was responsible for overseeing mental health services, facility and support services, marketing, communications and development, mission services, and physician relations. She also has served as the hospital's liaison to government and community organizations.

During her tenure with St. Joseph's, Ruscitto has led successful team efforts to build strategic alliances, streamline business operations, enhance internal efficiencies, and improve employee satisfaction. With a focus on "patient first" and "employee as family," she has encouraged a cutting edge health care environment which includes such innovations as Lean 6 Sigma, a physician engagement team, green infrastructure, and hospital-led neighborhood revitalization, including a Prospect Hill master plan.

Ruscitto is active in many national and local organizations such as the United Way and the Catholic Health Care Association. She also serves on the Boards of several foundations and not-for profits, including the Community Health Foundation of Western & Central New York, and the Anna Mahan Foundation.

A resident of Syracuse, Ruscitto holds a master's degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from Le Moyne College.

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