Guthrie Cortland Medical Center hires new president

Cortland Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Webster unveils the new Guthrie Cortland Memorial Hospital signage, January 10, 2019 (Cortland Voice)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Guthrie has announced a change in leadership at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center nearly six months after the nonprofit health care system officially took control of the Cortland hospital.

After serving as president and CEO for five years, Mark Webster will no longer oversee operations at the hospital as of September 9, the company said in a news release Monday.

Jennifer Yartym, of Bath, will be the hospital's new president. She currently serves as Vice President of Operations at Guthrie Corning Hospital.

“Jennifer took the time prior to her candidacy to learn about our hospital and our community,” said Jeffrey Seibert, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s Board Chair, “Ultimately, it was Jennifer’s experience, her focus on integrity, trust and respect, coupled with an ability to see how to integrate Guthrie’s organizational goals with Cortland’s future, that revealed her to be the logical choice.”

During his tenure at the hospital, Webster oversaw the affiliation effort between Cortland Regional Medical Center and Guthrie. He also helped secure a $19 million debt relief grant from the New York State Department of Health to keep the hospital running. The hospital has faced financial challenges due to low patient volume and high administrative costs, among other barriers.

Yartym first joined the Guthrie system as Director of Rehabilitation Services for the Corning Hospital. In 2015, she was promoted to her current position at the Guthrie Corning Hospital.

“This is an extremely exciting time in healthcare with many innovative technologies and an ever-changing environment,” said Ms. Yartym. “My years at Guthrie Corning Hospital have been instrumental in preparing me for this new chapter. I am very humbled and honored to accept this position and I look forward to my new role.”