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St. Joseph’s Appoints Susan Furtney Executive Director of Community Engagement


SYRACUSE - St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has appointed Susan Furtney to the position of executive director of community engagement. In this new role, she will be establishing and growing community partnerships to improve the health outcomes of St. Joseph’s patient population in the greater Syracuse area.

Furtney brings with her more than 20 years of business development, strategic planning, informatics research and operations management experience in for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations.  

Prior to moving to Syracuse in 2012, she was the executive director of Care Ring, Inc., a private, not-for-profit public health agency that serves 7,000 uninsured and underserved people annually in Charlotte, N.C.  Most recently, Furtney was the director of the university wellness initiative at Syracuse University where she launched the first dedicated wellness program to improve the health and well-being for more than 5,000 faculty and staff.  She has also served in leadership roles at large healthcare systems, national consulting firms, primary care practices and a national health benefits company.

A resident of Fayetteville, Furtney earned a Master’s degree in public health, health policy and management, from Emory University and a Bachelor of Science degree in public health, health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, New York, providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.