Thursday April 5, 2018

Oswego Health Names Executive VP, Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Coakley continues to solidify leadership roles at health care institution


    Jeff Coakley has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Oswego Hospital.

    Oswego Health President and CEO Michael Harlovic said Coakley is a proven leader who possesses a strong vision for Oswego Hospital and the health system as it continues to grow as Oswego County’s health care leader.

    In this new position, Coakley will continue to fulfill his responsibilities for business development, overseeing the growth of the health system, which also includes strategic planning, physician recruitment and community relations.

    As the hospital’s COO, Coakley will provide leadership as Oswego Hospital “continues to develop a positive culture for its physicians and staff, which in turn, creates the teamwork that is necessary as we evolve to meet the needs of patients and remain competitive in the market,” Harlovic said.

    “I look forward to collaborating with physicians and colleagues as we continue improving access to high-quality and efficient health services,” Coakley said. “I also want to develop relationships with local businesses and community members as we present the health system’s recent accomplishments in terms of physician recruitment, the introduction of new services and the improvements to our facilities.

    “These successes are paramount as the health system remains one of the few strong, independent community hospitals in New York state. Our team is committed to continuing our success, which will protect the many health care services and jobs we provide within the community.”

    Coakley, a Fulton native, was initially hired in 1997 and during his tenure, has played an integral role in the organization's growth into a health system. He assisted with the planning, development and construction activities for many facilities within the system, including Springside at Seneca Hill, Oswego Heath’s premier retirement community, as well as the major transformations of the Central Square and Fulton medical centers.

    He is directing Oswego Health’s renewal of its behavioral health services program as the health system constructs a new facility in Oswego.

    Coakley holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego and earned his Master of Business Administration from Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

    He took part in the Cornell University/Healthcare Association of New York State Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement program. He is also a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

    In 2013, the New York State Association for Rural Health named Coakley was Rural Healthcare Worker of the Year.

    Coakley is also an active member of the community. He serves as co-chair of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County and is a board member of Oswego County Opportunities. He is a former president of both the Fulton Kiwanis Club and Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

    He and his wife, Gretchen, a teacher at Leighton Elementary School in Oswego, have two college-aged daughters.