Former Ellis CEO takes reins at nursing home – New York News

GUILDERLAND — Former Ellis Medicine CEO Jim Connolly is back in a direct patient care setting, serving as administrator of a Guilderland nursing home after a stint in state government.

“What is really nice for me personally is it’s a smaller scale than I’ve been involved with in the past,” he said of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, a 127-bed facility in Guilderland Center. Connolly feels more connected to staff and particularly patients in this new role, because unlike hospitals, where he has spent most of his career, nursing residences are not just places to receive medical care, they are home.

There’s a satisfaction in making it the best home it can be, Connolly said.

The Long Island native and Saratoga Springs resident worked in hospitals for more than 40 years, building to leadership positions at hospitals in Buffalo and Glens Falls before taking over as president and CEO of what was then Ellis Hospital in 2007.

Connolly presided over massive changes during his tenure there, as Ellis, St. Clare’s and Bellevue hospitals were ordered by the state to merge into what is now Ellis Medicine.

He retired from Ellis in early 2015 and went to work for the state Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs, working to help implement the state’s new Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. It was his first job out of a health care setting, but the goal of DSRIP — helping build a healthier population — was not unfamiliar.

Work Ellis had done with under-served portions of the population in Schenectady County was very similar, Connolly said. “I could…

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