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Sharon Hospital announces acting president

Posted: 1/29/2019

Community invited to meet-and-greet on Feb. 4

Denise George, president of Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, and senior vice president of Health Quest, will assume the role of acting president of Sharon Hospital, effective Feb. 4.

“Sharon has a skilled and compassionate team of physicians and staff, and I look forward to working with them to offer quality healthcare to patients throughout the region,” George said. “I also look forward to meeting the community we serve.”

George replaces Peter Cordeau, who was named president of Norwalk Hospital, part of Western Connecticut Health Network, in Norwalk, Conn.

Health Quest plans to integrate with Western Connecticut Health Network to create a new, innovative health system in spring 2019.

“We are grateful for Peter’s contributions and many years of service to Sharon Hospital and our system, and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Kerry Eaton, chief operating officer for Health Quest. “Peter’s new role at Western Connecticut Health Network is a testament to our philosophy of growing talent within our organization and creating opportunities for development.”

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, community members are invited to a meet-and-greet with George. She will be joined by Eaton in the hospital’s main lobby, 50 Hospital Hill Road. Light refreshments will be served.

George is a veteran administrative leader with more than 30 years of healthcare experience. She began her career with Health Quest in 1999, serving as vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer for Northern Dutchess Hospital. She was later promoted to hospital president in 2007.

Under her leadership, Northern Dutchess Hospital opened a transformational $47 million patient pavilion in 2016 and was named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report. 

An active search is underway for the next president of Sharon Hospital. Candidates will be interviewed by members of the hospital’s community Board of Directors, medical staff and leaders throughout Health Quest. 

In the interim, George will provide daily oversight of administrative and clinical functions.

For more information about Sharon Hospital, visit healthquest.org/sharonhospital.

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