Amy Pollard

UR Medicine | Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard, right, has announced plans to retire from the position in March 2021. She is shown in a 2017 photograph with then state Sen. Catherine Young, left, after being name a “Woman of Distinction.”

Amy Pollard, president and CEO of UR Medicine | Noyes Health will retire in March 2021 after a decade leading Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital and its healthcare entities.

“I have been blessed to lead Noyes as it has grown and evolved to meet the needs of the community it serves, and I am forever grateful for the work of my colleagues, and Noyes’ Board of Directors, for supporting my efforts,” Pollard said in a statement.

“This has been a tough decision, but, at 68, it’s time for me to step aside and think about the other ways I can contribute to my community,” she said.

In announcing her decision so far in advance, Pollard said she will be able to work with the Noyes Health board “toward a seamless transition toward a new CEO at Noyes.”

Pollard announced her plans to Noyes staff last week. A public announcement was made Tuesday.

“We are sad that Amy is leaving, but we appreciate the time she is giving us to find a successor, one who will have very large shoes to fill,” said James Culbertson, chair of the Noyes Health Board of Directors. “Amy has been a tireless champion for Noyes and for his community, and we look forward to being able to celebrate her contributions and many professional accomplishments when the time is right.”

Pollard, who began her career as a nurse on medical-surgical and obstetrical units, later expanded her experience and professional advancement with roles in nursing education and management. She joined Noyes as vice president of patient services in 2007, bringing with her more than 25 years of professional experience. In February 2011, Pollard was appointed interim president of Noyes and six months later assumed the permanent role of president and CEO. She was chosen from a pool of more than 100 applicants.

Pollard earned her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in professional studies at Alfred University.

During Pollard’s tenure, she led a campaign to build the new and expanded Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department at Noyes, shepherded the organization through the affiliation process with UR Medicine, collaborated with UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute to build and open the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer center, a regional hub for medical and radiation oncology treatment.

Noyes also expanded mental health and wellness services, and is building the new E. Michael Saunders Imaging Center, with PET/CT scanning equipment and an interventional radiology suite to provide additional screening for cancer patients.

Pollard has also worked to attract new specialists and other providers to the region.

In May 2017, Pollard was installed as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction in recognition of her long career in nursing and healthcare.

Steven I. Goldstein, president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Rochester, and senior vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center, praised Pollard’s leadership.

“During Amy’s tenure as CEO, Noyes Health has improved both as the leading care provider in Livingston County and as a valuable component of the UR Medicine system, providing high-quality health care and preventive services to families across upstate New York,” Goldstein said in a statement. “We thank Amy for her service and look forward to working with the board of directors in the months ahead to find a new CEO who will continue leading Noyes in a positive direction.”

In her email to Noyes employees, Pollard credited them for the achievements made during her tenure.

“The last ten years as CEO have been an incredible experience and the growth and success achieved at Noyes happened because of each and every one of you,” the email said. “When I took this position I did so because of the people who work at Noyes. I believe in us, and look what we have accomplished.”

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