HONESDALE, PA — On December 31, 2021, longtime chief executive officer for Wayne Memorial and its health system, David L. Hoff, will step down, handing over the reins to James Pettinato, RN. …
HONESDALE, PA — On December 31, 2021, longtime chief executive officer for Wayne Memorial and its health system, David L. Hoff, will step down, handing over the reins to James Pettinato, RN. Pettinato is currently the director of patient care services. He was offered the position after a national executive search.
“We reviewed 23 resumes in our search and conducted several on-site interviews,” said Board and Search Committee Chairperson Hugh Rechner, “but throughout our process, Mr. Pettinato stood out as the best candidate... demonstrat[ing] not only his clinical knowledge and expertise but also his leadership and vision for this health system.”
“It is a privilege to serve Wayne Memorial and even more of a privilege to be trusted to take the helm,” Pettinato said. “I have worked alongside Dave (Hoff) on and off for more than 20 years, and he has helped build a great team focused solely on providing the highest quality of care and the safest environment possible for the community we serve.”
Hoff noted that “Jim [Pettinato] brings an extraordinary dedication to every role he has taken on in healthcare. Add this to his clinical knowledge and leadership experience, I have no doubt Jim will make an excellent chief executive for Wayne Memorial.”
Pettinato was born and raised in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, and he earned both a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in health administration from Marywood University. He started out in the intensive care unit at Community Medical Center (CMC) in Scranton, but eventually, in 1999, joined Wayne Memorial, where he was the head nurse for the emergency department, the intensive care unit and the telemetry department.
As director of patient care services, Pettinato heads up all departments that provide direct patient care, such as the ICU, the ED, the New Beginnings birthing suites, oncology/hematology, wound care and inpatient units.
Hoff was responsible for many enhancements and service improvements, including the hospital’s status as a certified primary stroke center and Level IV trauma center and its cardiac catheterization laboratory.
“The board and I recognize that Jim has some large shoes to fill,” Rechner said. “Mr. Hoff has advanced Wayne Memorial Health System to great heights and achievements in his 20 years at the helm.”