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United Memorial hospital CEO to step down in December

Mark C. Schoell will step down as CEO of United Memorial Medical Center at the end of this year, when an affiliation between the Batavia hospital and the Rochester Regional Health System is expected to be completed.

Next year, United Memorial President Daniel P. Ireland will continue in that role as the highest-ranking employee based at the 131-bed hospital, while the Rochester system will take over responsibilities previously filled by the CEO.

Schoell, who has been with United Memorial for 10 years and served as CEO for most of that time, will remain an employee of the hospital.

Schoell’s decision comes seven months after United Memorial and Rochester officials announced plans to merge.

Under the terms of the affiliation agreement, UMMC is to retain its name and its own board of directors. Staffing is expected to remain at its current level while the Rochester system invests in new technologies and service lines at the Batavia site.

The Rochester Regional Health System is itself the product of a merger, completed in July, between the Rochester General and Unity health systems.

Ireland took over as president, with responsibility for day-to-day operations at United Memorial, last December as part of a long-term succession plan. He had been serving as chief operating officer and vice president of operations.

In a statement, Betty Lapp, the chairwoman of the United Memorial board of directors, lauded Schoell’s strategic vision and financial acumen.

During his tenure, United Memorial saw its revenues rise 70 percent from $46 million in 2004 to about $80 million in 2013, according to the hospital statement.

The hospital also completed a $20 million surgical expansion project and transformed its St. Jerome Hospital campus into an outpatient health care center.

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