The boards of directors of Schuyler Hospital and the Cayuga Health System have named James B. Watson to the position of president of Schuyler Hospital and vice president of the Cayuga Health System. He is the current president and chief operating officer of the Arnot Health-Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath, NY.“We are extremely fortunate to have Jim join Schuyler Hospital and the Cayuga Health System,” says John Rudd, president and CEO of the Cayuga Health System. “He has extensive experience in the small hospital environment and he is highly respected in the field of health care administration. He brings an established track record of achievements in the development of successful affiliations and the integration of services among partner organizations. Jim has in-depth knowledge of both acute hospital care and the field of skilled nursing facilities, which make him ideally suited to take on this new role.”Under Watson’s leadership as chief executive officer, Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital developed a successful affiliation with Arnot Health, providing the residents of Steuben County with acute hospital care, outpatient services, and a 120-bed skilled nursing facility. In addition to 30 years of experience in health-care management, Watson holds an MBA in Health Services from Union College. He has served on the Hospital Association of New York State Board of Directors and was president of the Rochester Regional Healthcare Association from 2012-2015.Kyle Tuttle, chairman of the Board of Directors of Schuyler Hospital says the board is looking forward to working with Watson. “We are very pleased that Jim Watson is so knowledgeable about what it takes to run a successful community hospital. Under his leadership I’m confident that Schuyler Hospital will continue to thrive and grow to meet the special needs of our community.”“I am looking forward to beginning this new partnership with the community and becoming a health care resource for Schuyler County and surrounding areas. I was very impressed with the Schuyler Hospital Board, leadership team, and employees that I have met. I look forward to assuming my new responsibilities in February,” said Jim Watson, incoming president of Schuyler Hospital and vice president of Cayuga Health System.”Jim Watson will assume his new responsibilities at Schuyler Hospital and the Cayuga Health System in February. He replaces Andy Manzer, who will become executive vice president and network chief operating officer at Bassett Health Care in Cooperstown, New York.The Cayuga Health System comprises Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY, and Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY, serving the central Finger Lakes Region. For more information please visit our web sites at schuylerhospital.org and cayugamed.org or call (607) 274-4498.