Ex-Ellis CEO ‘not going out to pasture’


Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — On the day James Connolly was to interview for a position leading the largest hospital in Schenectady County, he put on his best blue suit and showed up early to the hospital to relax, read the paper, have a cup of coffee.

The first headline he saw? The state-appointed Berger Commission had finally issued its edicts on statewide health reform. Among them, the recommendations that Ellis Hospital merge with St. Clare’s and that Bellevue Woman’s Hospital in Niskayuna close.

He knew going into the interview that a merger was possible, but he didn’t know whether he’d be the one leading it or being led.

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