•  Dewey Rowlands joins RMH as CFO

    Dewey RowlandsDewey R. Rowlands, who has more than 32 years of experience in healthcare finance, has been named chief financial officer at Rome Memorial Hospital, announced President/Chief Executive Officer Basil J. Ariglio.

    He replaces Nicholas Mayhew, who started a new career as president and chief executive officer of GPO Federal Credit Union Feb. 3, after more than 20 years of service at Rome Memorial Hospital.

    “We are very pleased to have Dewey join us at Rome Memorial Hospital, especially as we go through the due diligence process to finalize an affiliation agreement with Bassett Medical Center,” said Ariglio. “His extensive healthcare knowledge and experience will be valuable assets as we continue to adapt to the ever evolving challenges in the healthcare industry.”

    Before joining Rome Memorial Hospital, Rowlands was employed at Oneida Healthcare Center for nearly 26 years, where he served as the hospital’s controller before he was promoted to chief financial officer in 2011. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Utica College, Rowlands had also worked at Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield in the early 1980s with Mayhew.

    “Dewey understands that community hospitals continue to play a critical role in the healthcare delivery system as a provider of essential services and jobs,” said Ariglio, who has known Rowlands for more than 20 years.

    Rowlands said he was drawn to the opportunity to be CFO in Rome based upon his familiarity with Ariglio and Mayhew and the hospital’s importance to the community.

    “Although smaller hospitals need to explore affiliation relationships with other organizations to enhance access to physicians and services, community hospitals will always serve a need even as the delivery system evolves over the next 10 years,” Rowlands said. “Residents in small communities need to have accessible care close to home and can’t be expected to travel for their basic needs.”

    From his perspective, organizations that are able to deliver on their promise to deliver high quality care and do it more cost efficiently will prosper, even as payment models evolve from fee for service to more risk based contracts.

    “We just need to ensure that the payment models are fair and provide adequate funds to cover the services needed,” Rowlands said. “Payment models shouldn’t interfere with patients getting the services and care that they need.”

    Rowlands is looking forward to building strong relationships with the hospital’s leadership team and physicians to help further the hospital’s mission and achieve its goals.

    Rowlands and his wife, Pamela, reside in Whitesboro. They have two daughters, Nicole and Karli.