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MMH Board of Managers accepts Fahd’s retirement letter

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MASSENA - Massena Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Fahd II made his retirement official Monday night.

A letter announcing his intent to retire at the end of his contract was read during Monday’s Board of Managers meeting and accepted by board members. His retirement is effective Dec. 31. His contract was renewed in 2012 and runs through the end of 2014.

“Please accept this as formal notification of my intent to retire from the position of chief executive officer of Massena Memorial Hospital ...,” Mr. Fahd wrote in his letter to Susan Bellor, Board of Managers secretary.

A 17-year employee of the hospital, Mr. Fahd said he appreciated the support he received during his tenure.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this excellent organization and having the privilege of working with a host of very talented medical professionals. I would like to personally thank my administrative team as well as the numerous members of the hospital’s Board of Managers that I have had the pleasure of working with and recognize them for their dedication, guidance and support during my 17 year tenure,” he wrote.

Mr. Fahd, who has more than 40 years of health care management experience, started his health care career as a cytologist with the state Department of Health in 1970 has been the chief executive officer of Massena Memorial Hospital since 1997.

He previously served as chief executive officer of Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Prior to that, he served as vice president of professional and support services, at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, as well as various administrative and management positions at Nathan Littauer Hospital beginning in 1973.

The hospital’s Board of Managers has started their search for a new CEO. A board subcommittee is currently reviewing proposals from professional recruiting firms.

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