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Chuck Gijanto

Chuck Gijanto
Interim President and CEO

April 13, 2022

Oneida Health Teamwork on Display

Hello all, welcome to the second edition of my blog. Thank you to the folks who responded to the first one. My hope is that continued two-way communication is helpful for all of us. A couple of topics today:

I mentioned in my blog last week that I am very excited to be here and to see what a wonderful organization this is. I’ve heard a lot about the amazing teamwork that exists here and Friday was a great example of that. Without going into too many specifics, Friday was already going to be a very busy day in OB when the floodgates opened up, including through the ER and the need for surgical intervention. It was by all accounts a very challenging and trying day, but the teamwork between OB staff, the ER, and Surgical Department was outstanding and effective, making a very difficult day that much better. As the saying goes, “it takes a village” and I know other departments were involved in helping out too (Environmental Services, Transport, and Materials Management).

Coming in as the new kid on the block, I cannot tell you how rewarding it is to see such great teamwork. I am confident this is just one example of many throughout our network of services where teamwork prevails in providing the exceptional care patients have come to expect from us. I sincerely thank all staff, from our outpatient offices, extended care, to the hospital for being committed to our organizational values. Some of the organizational values include:

  • Teamwork
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Safety
  • Excellence

All of these were on display Friday. Thank you all who were involved to demonstrate what a great place Oneida Health is! I am very proud to be a small part of such a great organization.


Friday, the new long-term CEO, Jonathan Schiller was announced. He is arriving at the end of June, so you are stuck with me till then! I have not met Jonathan, but his resume is stellar, with great experience over his career, showing steady and progressive growth and promotion. He clearly values staff engagement, quality, and patient/resident service. In addition to that, he is very involved in his community, which I always like to see. A hospital president/CEO becomes the face of an organization for the community, the more involved in the community, the better the working relationships. I have done a lot of it during my career, as I know Gene did as well, and it really opens up the lines of communication in all directions and that is never a bad thing. I am excited for the organization long term with this announcement and feel very strongly that the Board search committee did its job well and you will be in good hands going forward!


Chuck Gijanto
Interim President and CEO

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