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Michael F. Stapleton, Jr.
CANANDAIGUA – Michael F. Stapleton, Jr. is Thompson Health’s new president and CEO, taking the reins from Linda M. Farchione, who retires at the end of June and  has held the position for more than two decades.


Following a national search, the Thompson Health Board of Directors voted unanimously during their May 25 meeting to appoint Stapleton.


We were extremely pleased with the high caliber of candidates for this leadership position; it speaks well of Thompson Health’s reputation and strong position in our regional healthcare marketplace.  Mike’s appointment was based on his demonstrated commitment to clinical quality, customer satisfaction and expanding Thompson’s continuum of care.  Together, these qualities make him a wonderful choice to lead our health system well into the future,” said William R. Kenyon, board chair.


Stapleton, who will assume his new role July 1, is the former CEO of Lakeside Health System in Brockport. He first joined Thompson in March 2011 as executive vice president and chief operating officer.


Stapleton holds a master’s of science degree in healthcare system leadership from the University of Rochester, a bachelor’s of science in nursing from St. John Fisher College and a bachelor of arts in psychology from SUNY Oswego.


Prior to his time at Lakeside, Stapleton held several management positions at Strong Memorial Hospital. Those positions included nurse manager of the Kessler Family Burn Trauma ICU and the Emergency Department.

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