Giulianelli set to retire

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AMSTERDAM —After 40 years of working in healthcare, a long-time employee with St. Mary’s Healthcare will be retiring in July.

St. Mary’s Healthcare President and CEO Victor Giulianelli will retire on July 1, according to a news release.

Giulianelli said he has been considering retirement for some time, and thought now was best. “[I know] St. Mary’s will be in great hands,” said Giulianelli in the release.

Vice President Scott Bruce is slated to move into the position.

Giulianelli began his career at St. Mary’s in 1980 when he joined the newly-constructed hospital as assistant director of the community health center. He then served from 1982 to 2004 as the vice president of operations. In 2004 he was chosen to lead St. Mary’s Healthcare as the president and CEO.

“Through his commitment and leadership, the St. Mary’s healthcare ministry has seen amazing growth and progress,” the release stated. “Early in Giulianelli’s career, his work was fundamental in building the foundation of the Behavioral Health program. St. Mary’s has also grown to be a behavioral health center of excellence operating more than 35 programs in multiple counties for he treatment of individuals dealing with mental illnesses or addictions.”

According to the release, in 2009, he facilitated the unification of Amsterdam Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s, acknowledging the history and success of both hospitals.

“Leading with compassion, creativity and collaboration, Giulianelli and the leaders of the acquisition preserved the vast majority of employee jobs, more than 450 positions, and virtually all of the valued services,” the release stated.

In 2015, St. Mary’s opened a $17 million outpatient diagnostic and treatment center, including a comprehensive Cancer Medicine Center. The release stated that his “enduring dedication to the communities and patients that need healthcare services is what has kept St. Mary’s expanding access despite federal and state regulation and the politically charged health insurance environment.”

The release also said “Giulianelli has always had the innate ability to strategically envision a health care environment in which competing organizations work together to ensure a patient’s treatment and recovery.”

He was chosen by fellow CEOs from the Capital Region to serve as chairman of the Alliance for Better Health Care, developing clinically integrated networks of care which are the foundation of the future of quality health care. Additionally, Giulianelli has been a valued member and contributor in regional, statewide and national healthcare communities, including Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, the Healthcare Association of New York and Ascension, according to the press release.

He has also co-founded, organizes and sings in the annual Amsterdam Rotary Variety Show; over the past 20 years has raised a quarter-million dollars for area charities. He is also the lead singer and front man for the rock-and-roll group, MedRock, which is composed of St. Mary’s physicians and associates.

Giulianelli has a “passion” to donate and help people and organizations in need. In 2017, after hurricane Maria caused devastating damage, Giulianelli was concerned about the storm’s impact on the Puerto Rican community in Amsterdam so he formed the Puerto Rico Relief committee. The committee’s goal was to address the needs of those displaced by the Hurricane and to raise money for both the island nation and the families impacted in our local community. Through a Live-Aid event more than $64,000 was raised to help support relief efforts.

According to the release, Giulianelli’s dedication to those in need has changed the lives of the homeless in Amsterdam. After reading an article describing local people living in tents in the winter, he commissioned his staff to address the problem. The outcome was Danielle’s House, the first homeless shelter in the Fulmont Region. Although a collaborative effort, St. Mary’s continues a leadership role in combating homelessness.

The Board and associates of St. Mary’s Healthcare has been fortunate to work with Giulianelli — a leader with vision, passion and commitment. As a long-serving CEO in the Capital Region, the community has continued to benefit from his knowledge of healthcare in the past and his vision of healthcare for the future.

As for Giulianelli’s plans for retirement he said, “I’m not going on any trips anytime soon.”

He and his wife plan on remaining in the area so they can stay close to where their kids live.

Giulianelli said his wife does not like Florida, so they do not have plans to move there.

He said he would like to get more involved in volunteering for local community organizations.

Giulianelli said his colleagues at St. Mary’s have had mixed emotions as to him retiring. He said people have told him they’re going to miss him, but are also happy for his retirement.

“I’m certainly going to miss everyone here,” Giulianelli said.

However, he said change is happening and there are going to be exciting times ahead.

To take Giulianelli’s position, the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Healthcare appointed Bruce as incoming president and CEO effective July 1.

Bruce has a long and successful association with St. Mary’s Healthcare having worked at St. Mary’s for 25 years where he has been Vice-President of Operations since 2005. According to the release, Bruce s a graduate of Siena College and earned an MBA at the University of Connecticut. As COO, Bruce has managed a number of important service expansion and construction projects including the award-winning Rao Pavilion, the establishment of several new Urgent Care, Specialty and Primary Care Centers and the expansion of diagnostic and treatment services in Medical Imaging, Laboratory and the Surgical Suite. His role in the transitioning of Amsterdam Memorial Health Care into St. Mary’s Healthcare was integral to the success of that unification in 2009.

According to the release, Bruce is a seasoned executive who is highly respected among his colleagues at St. Mary’s and throughout the Capital Region for his knowledge, judgment, insight, analytical abilities and collaborative leadership. He is able to see the big picture while maintaining focus on mission and what drives performance on a daily basis. Bruce has established an excellent rapport with his peers and with those who report to him. He is respectful, creative and ever mindful of the poor and vulnerable who seek care at St. Mary’s. As one colleague stated, “Integrity and values are the backbone of Scott’s leadership style.”

“I have been here for 25 years and the last 15 years as vice president I sat next to Vic and that exposure I feel prepared me well,” Bruce said. “I am excited about continuing on a long tradition here.”

He said his current primary goal is to remain focused on battling the COVID-19 virus. He said St. Mary’s has a “great team” that have been on the front lines.

Bruce said he is looking forward St. Mary’s has ambitious plans as they continue to “unwind” from its parent company and returning back to a locally-owned ministry doing so as an individual organization.

Bruce has also received support from colleagues who have been congratulating him on stepping into the president and CEO position.

According to the release, the board is “confident” that Bruce is the right person to successfully lead the transition of St. Mary’s Healthcare to independent status and ensure a strong future for the organization enabling St. Mary’s to serve the community for years to come.

“I look forward to continuing our work here,” Bruce said.

By Josh Bovee

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