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John Johnson Re-Appointed to College Council at SUNY Plattsburgh

A North Country hospital administrator has been re-appointed to the College Council at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.

John W. Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, was re-appointed to the College Council by Gov. David Paterson. Johnson will fill the position previously held by M. Catherine Hollinshead, whose term ended this year.

The College Council is not new to Johnson. He had previously served on it from June 2001 through December 2007

Arnold Amell, council chair, said that Johnson was a very dedicated member during that time and looked forward to his return. Amell added that he was sorry to see Hollinshead leave the council. “She has been a very faithful member,” he said. “She is glad to know that John is her replacement.”

Johnson graduated with a bachelor of science degree from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1971 and later returned to his alma mater, where he graduated with a master’s degree in 1993.

A former associate professor at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake in the 1980s, Johnson also worked for the Franklin County Probation Department, first as a probation officer. He moved up through the ranks, becoming the director of the Probation Department in 1977.

In 1984, he was named the Franklin County Manager and was responsible for the daily administration of county government. He served in that position until he became an associate director at the Alice Hyde Medical Center in 1990. Two years later, Johnson was named executive vice president of the acute care facility, outpatient health center and adjacent skilled nursing facility. He became president and CEO of Alice Hyde Medical Center in 1994.

A member of the Rural Health Council of New York State, Johnson currently serves or has served on numerous health-care-related and civic organizations during his career. He has held such positions as chair of the North Country Healthcare Providers; member of the executive board of Iroquois Healthcare Alliance; secretary of the United Iroquois Shared Services; member of the North Country LifeFlight board; member of the American College of Healthcare Executives; and secretary of the executive board at North Star Industries. He’s also a past member of the Hospital Association of New York State board of directors and past president of the Northern New York Healthcare Association.

He is also a member of the Malone Rotary Club (where he was past president and recipient of the Paul Harris Award), the Malone Lodge of Elks, Sons of the American Legion and the Malone Golf and Country Club.


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