Michael Backus moves today as president and chief executive officer of Oswego Health – Oswego County


Oswego, NY – The Oswego Health Board is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2023, with the retirement of Michael Harlovic, Michael Backus is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Care.

The Oswego Health board felt it was imperative that he succeed Harlovic with someone who could continue to build on the organization’s vision while being able to evolve and meet the needs of the community.

Fortunately, upon joining Oswego Health during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Michael Backus served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, working alongside Harlovic and other members of the senior leadership team to stabilize the healthcare system. .

“We are confident in Michael Backus and his ability to take Oswego Health to the next level and deliver the quality of care this community deserves and needs,” said Ed Alberts, chairman of the Oswego Health Board. “A lifelong resident, local leader, and someone who is beyond this community, Backus will not only offer a smooth transition for staff, but will continue to champion and position Oswego Health as a leader in local health care.”

In just two years Backus has been a proven advocate in the local health struggle in both Albany and Washington, DC to further increase access to high-quality care for Oswego County residents through strategic infrastructure planning for Fulton and Oswego . He made a significant impact as he managed the day-to-day operations of the healthcare system, including renovations to the AMS building in Fulton when Oswego Health opened its second PrimeCare location.

Has been Oswego Health’s conduit for local government and community providers during the pandemic ensuring resources are readily available and is extremely focused on the culture of the organization by being actively involved in recruitment and retention efforts as a major employer in Oswego County.

Backus holds a master’s degree in public administration, along with a bachelor of arts degree from Le Moyne College, where he also serves on the Board of Regents. As an emerging healthcare leader, Backus serves on the American Hospital Association’s NextGen Fellowship program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Association of the State of New York (HANYS).

Backus shared the following statement; β€œIt is the honor of my professional life to succeed Michael Harlovic as President and CEO of Oswego Health. I thank the Board of Directors for their trust not only in me, but also in our entire senior management team. Most importantly, I thank the employees of Oswego Health as they have seen us face many challenges over the past two years and I am impressed every day by the heroism of our healthcare workers. Ensuring they have the resources they need β€” the infrastructure, teammates, and work-life balance healthcare heroes need right now β€” is the job of our leadership team at Oswego Health and will continue to be at the forefront of our efforts.”

Aligning the Oswego Health leadership team for future growth, Backus recently identified those he believes will take the organization to the next level. Its corporate leadership team includes Eric Campbell, EVP and Chief Financial Officer; Duane Tull, MD, MBA, FACS, EVP of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer; Jamie Leszczynski, SVP of Communications and Chief Brand Officer; Kathryn Pagliaroli, MS, BSN, RN, SVP of Clinical Operations & Chief Nursing Officer; Billy Barlow, vice president of public affairs and system development; Marquand Brown, vice president of human resources and chief people officer; Kim Dec, MPH, VP of Practice Operations & Executive Director of Physician Care, PC; Valerie Favata, MSN, BSN, RN, vice president and administrator of Oswego Health Home Care; Theresa Fitzgibbons, RN, VP of Quality Care & Safety; David Ruel, vice president of auxiliary services; Barry Ryle, vice president of information systems and chief information officer; Michael Stephens, BSc, MD, AAFP, Associate Chief Medical Officer.

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