CANANDAIGUA – A former Thompson Health vice president is returning to the health system to serve as its executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Kurt M. Koczent of Geneva will begin his new role in October. Most recently, Koczent was the chief administrative officer for Finger Lakes Health Medical, PC, where he had served since 2009. Previously, he was Thompson’s vice president of Outpatient and Diagnostic Services and its director of Practice Management.
Koczent is a registered nurse who served 10 years with the U.S. Army Reserve and was honorably discharged at the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College, a master’s of science in health administration from Roberts Wesleyan and a position of adjunct professor in the nursing program at Keuka College.
In his most recent position, Koczent constructed a physician corporation that will serve more than 100,000 patient visits annually. The corporation is certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, a model that Thompson Health is pursuing in each of its five family practices.
In his new role as Thompson Health’s executive vice president and COO, Koczent will replace Michael F. Stapleton, Jr. Stapleton served as the health system’s executive vice president and COO prior to being named president and CEO earlier this year. Koczent will focus on strengthening Thompson’s primary care base and expanding its reach into its primary and secondary markets. In addition, he will be instrumental in championing numerous service excellence and quality initiatives throughout Thompson Health.
“Thompson Health is thrilled to welcome Kurt back,” says Stapleton. “His expertise in outpatient services and his skill in cultivating strong physician relationships will be tremendously valuable as Thompson continues to meet the changing needs of our community.”