QUEENSBURY — Hudson Headwaters Health Network on Wednesday announced it has appointed Dr. Tucker Slingerland to the newly created position of deputy chief executive officer.
“The growth we’ve done, both by way of services and geographically, it’s difficult to be in multiple places all at once,” said Dr. John Rugge, the health center chain’s longtime chief executive officer.
Slingerland, vice president for strategy, has worked for Hudson Headwaters for eight years.
He treats patients at Warrensburg Health Center in addition to his administrative duties.
“Tucker Slingerland has proved to be masterful at presenting Hudson Headwaters, presenting himself and understanding the issues. It’s the right kind of recognition of a job already well done,” Rugge said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
“The board is unanimously supportive of Dr. Slingerland as our first-ever deputy chief executive officer,” said Barbara Sweet, chairwoman of the Hudson Headwaters board, in a press release.
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Rugge, who founded Hudson Headwaters in 1994, said there is a “recognition” he will retire at some point, but creating the new position is not a succession plan.
“It is a recognition there certainly is a change of generations at some point. There is nothing set in stone here. There’s no decisions here about ultimate succession,” he said.
Rugge said he intends to continue working a full schedule for the foreseeable future.
“I’m fully occupied — expect to be. I don’t think it’s going to change my work time,” he said. “But I’ve got somebody I can call upon to do the important stuff and know that together we’ll get it done.”
Hudson Headwaters, headquartered in Queensbury, operates 17 primary and specialty care health centers in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex, Hamilton and Clinton counties.