Stewart is a thoughtful and innovative leader, experienced in strategy development, change management, mergers and affiliations, leadership development, and best governance practices. He has successfully led multifaceted organizations through change in challenging environments. His proven approaches to leadership and organizational transformation are invaluable to our clients.
Following a 36-year career in health care administration, Stewart retired from Unity Health System in Rochester, New York, where he worked with Unity’s CEO and board to engineer its 2015 merger with Rochester General Health System to form Rochester Regional Health. At Unity he served as president of the Health Care Services Division 2012-2014 and as executive vice president 1997-2011.
Previously, Stewart was president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. In that role Stewart was crucial to crafting the affiliation that restructured Park Ridge Health System and St. Mary’s Hospital to create Unity Health System. Stewart was also instrumental in developing community services in inner city Rochester, for which St. Mary’s received the prestigious Foster G. McGaw Prize in 1996.
Under Stewart’s leadership, Unity Health System gained share in the marketplace utilizing strong internal communications, award-winning marketing campaigns and an excellent customer experience program.
Following his retirement from Unity Health System, Stewart served as chair of the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association 2014-2016. As chair, he led the transformation of the organization’s federation model into a single, unified, nationwide organization to help it reach its vision of creating a “World Without Alzheimer’s.”
Based in Pittsburgh, Stewart holds a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and served in the United States Army for four years. He is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and a graduate of the CoachU Core Essentials Program.