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ECMC board set to act on CEO post today

The Erie County Medical Center board of directors could decide on a replacement for former CEO Richard C. Cleland when the board meets Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas J. Quatroche Jr. has served as acting CEO since replacing Cleland after he was ousted by the board in early November. Quatroche appears to have the backing of many board members, who seek stability as the hospital moves on from the months of conflict surrounding Cleland’s removal from his job.

Quatroche could be named CEO as soon as Tuesday’s session, which is the annual reorganizational meeting for the board.

But in a meeting with members of The Buffalo News editorial board earlier this month, ECMC officials said only that ECMC board members would discuss a path forward for addressing both the CEO post and the chief operating officer’s position, which has been vacant since Mary Laski Hoffman resigned in early November.

Board members have discussed but have not launched a national search for the CEO’s position, nor have they interviewed any candidates for the job.

ECMC has 602 beds and 3,300 employees and is structured as a public benefit corporation.