January 30, 2019

Sharon Hospital names new acting president

Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
Denise George will begin next week as the acting president of Sharon Hospital.

A New York hospital executive will oversee Sharon Hospital until it permanently replaces former chief executive Peter Cordeau, officials said Tuesday.

Sharon Hospital, acquired by New York-based Health Quest subsidiary Vassar Health in 2017, said Denise George, president of Northern Dutchess Hospital and senior vice president of Health Quest, will begin as acting president on Feb. 4. Her duties include daily oversight of administrative and clinical functions at the hospital in western Connecticut.

Cordeau, chief executive of Sharon Hospital since March 2016 and president since Aug. 2017, was recently named president of Norwalk Hospital, one of three hospitals in the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN).

George has spent more than 30 years in health care. Her professional career began with Health Quest in 1999 as vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer for Northern Dutchess Hospital. She was promoted to hospital president in 2007.

Under her leadership, the hospital developed a $47 million patient pavilion at Northern Dutchess Hospital in 2016, officials said.

Sharon Hospital said it's currently searching for a new president. Candidates will be interviewed by the hospital's board of directors, medical staff and other Health Quest officials.

Community members are invited to meet George during an event slated for Monday, Feb. 4, in the hospital's main lobby at 50 Hospital Hill Road.

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