Resolution J222-2013

Honoring Linda M. Farchione on her retirement as President and CEO of Thompson Health



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Linda M. Farchione, President and CEO,
upon the occasion of her retirement from Thompson Health

WHEREAS, Individuals who distinguish themselves in their profession  and
in service to their community merit the highest commendation; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern and fully in accord with its long-
standing tradition, this Legislative Body is  justly  proud  to  commend
Linda  M. Farchione, President and CEO of Thompson Health, of Canandaig-
ua, New York, upon the occasion of her  retirement  after  26  years  of
dedicated and distinguished service; and
  WHEREAS,  Linda Farchione will be honored for her significant contrib-
utions to Thompson Health at a Retirement Celebration to be held at  the
Bristol Harbour Resort in Canandaigua on Friday, July 13, 2012; and
  WHEREAS,  Thompson  Health  is  a leading-edge healthcare organization
which provides a wide range of services for thousands  of  Finger  Lakes
residents;  over the past 26 years Linda Farchione has come to represent
Thompson Health; and
  WHEREAS, Born at F.F. Thompson Hospital, Linda Farchione, a Canandaig-
ua Academy Graduate of Distinction, worked  as  a  Registered  Nurse  in
Boston  and  the  Midwest prior to heading a revolutionary mental health
program at Rochester, New York's Genesee Hospital; she returned  to  her
roots  in  1986, becoming Thompson Hospital's Vice President of Nursing;
five years later, she was named President and Chief Executive Officer of
the entire Thompson Health system and  has  ably  led  the  system  ever
since; and
  WHEREAS,  From shepherding Thompson Health system expansions, to advo-
cating in Albany and  Washington  for  legislative  support  of  quality
health  care,  to  marching  in the Thompson contingent of Canandaigua's
annual Memorial Day parade, Linda Farchione  has  been  a  constant  and
welcome  presence, earning her well-deserved reputation as a woman whose
exceptional vision helped Thompson Health surmount a multitude of  chal-
lenges  posed  by  both the economy and a changing healthcare landscape;
  WHEREAS, Linda Farchione has cultivated at Thompson Health  a  culture
of  excellence  and  caring  in  which,  even though Thompson Health has
grown, it still feels like family and which, even  though  it  continues
building the technology, has not lost sight of its core values; and
  WHEREAS,  She  has  developed  at  Thompson Health a staff of talented
individuals whose dedication to  Thompson  mirrors  her  own,  who  will
ensure  continued  growth  and  innovation well into the future and who,
together with Thompson Health's culture of caring, will be  her  lasting
legacy; and
  WHEREAS, Her colleagues describe Linda Farchione as that rare breed of
CEO  who will hand-deliver ice cream cones to thank Associates for their
hard work, or warmly greet them with hugs at the holiday  party  and,  a
believer  in  the  power  of  a positive attitude, she worked with other
executives and board members early on  to  create  a  corporate  culture
centered on Commitment, Action, Respect, Excellence and Service (CARES);
  WHEREAS,  Thompson  Health's CARES values are the fabric of the organ-
ization; Thompson Health is Ontario County's largest  employer  and,  as
such,  everyone  who comes through its doors is somebody's mother, child
or best friend and Linda Farchione wants them to leave with a feeling of
having been nurtured, cared for and understood; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the nearly three decades of her remarkable  career
at  Thompson  Health, Linda Farchione spearheaded many initiatives and a
continuum of care unique to a community such  as  Canandaigua  including

the  113-bed  hospital  which expanded into a state-of-the-art Emergency
and Diagnostic imaging facility in 2005, followed  by  the  soon  to  be
completed  Constellation Center for Health and Healing; the 188-bed M.M.
Ewing Continuing Care Center, which over the past 20 years added 80 beds
and  became known as a leader in dementia care, long-term care and post-
hospital care; The Brighter Day,  a  medical  adult  day  program  which
marked its 20th anniversary in 2010; the independent and enriched senior
living  communities  of Ferris Hills at West Lake and Clark Meadows; and
the Sands Cancer Center, which opened in 2000, thanks to  a  partnership
with Highland Hospital and Interlakes Oncology and Hematology; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Thompson Health continuum also includes the Urgent Care
Center in Farmington, which expanded and added digital X-ray services in
2009; the addition of family practices in Victor,  Canandaigua,  Shorts-
ville,  Honeoye  and  Lima;  the Thompson Clinic at CCIA, located in the
original hospital on North Main Street and  serving  the  uninsured  and
underinsured  through  a  collaboration  with  Canandaigua  Churches  in
Action; and The Healthworks occupational medicine program; and
  WHEREAS, Linda M. Farchione has fittingly been honored many times  for
her contributions and service to her community; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Linda M. Farchione, President  and  CEO  of  Thompson  Health,  of
Canandaigua,  New  York,  upon  the  occasion of her retirement after 26
years of dedicated and distinguished service; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Linda M. Farchione.


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