Kathryn Howe Ruscitto
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kathryn Howe Ruscitto serves as president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, a comprehensive, mission-based health care system that encompasses a 16-county service area.
Ms. Ruscitto has been employed by St. Joseph’s since 2001, and became the institution’s 13th president and chief executive officer in 2011. In her tenure at St. Joseph’s, Ms. Ruscitto has led initiatives to improve the quality and safety of patient care, and has focused on deepening physician engagement in operations and strategic development. In addition, under Ms. Ruscitto’s leadership St. Joseph’s has invested in a multi-million dollar hospital renovation project on its main campus in Syracuse, and made investments in the expansion of several ambulatory care centers with the goal of improving access to care for patients and their families. Ms. Ruscitto has prioritized community engagement as integral to maintaining community health, and has led the effort that has made St. Joseph’s a driving force in the revitalization of Syracuse’s North Side neighborhood. She also led St. Joseph’s in the creation of an innovative, integrated health care center on Syracuse’s Near West Side in collaboration with key community partners.
Ms. Ruscitto has dedicated herself to civic-minded and mission-driven roles throughout her career. She previously worked for Syracuse-based Loretto, the largest provider of elder care in Central New York, as Senior Vice President of Strategy, where she implemented the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and developed numerous community collaborations and partnerships that still exist today. She also served as the Administrator for Human Services for Onondaga County, where she oversaw the development of the County’s Emergency Communications Center (E911).
Kathryn serves as a board member of several local and national health care and philanthropic organizations, including the Healthcare Association of New York State, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, Excellus Regional Advisory Board, Regional Economic Development Council for Central New York, CenterState CEO, and Co-Chair of the Health Initiatives Planning Committee for the Health Advancement Collaborative of central New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Le Moyne College, and a Master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. She also holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Le Moyne College.