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The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Appoints D. McWilliams Kessler as New CEO

Executive Expanded, Diversified Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia

D. McWilliams KesslerNew York, NY (June 13, 2007) -- The board of directors of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has appointed D. McWilliams Kessler as its new president and chief executive officer, effective July 16, 2007. He succeeds Joseph P. Corcoran who recently retired after serving as president and CEO for 13 years.

Mr. Kessler comes to The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary with a wealth of successful executive experience in expanding and operating nationally known healthcare organizations. Most recently, from 2002-2006, he was president and CEO of the New Jersey-based Henry H. Kessler Foundation, a $260-million public charity devoted to improving the lives of people with disability. From 1985-2002, he was the executive director of the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and helped direct a major expansion and diversification program.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Kessler as our new chief executive,” said Peter Frelinghuysen, chairman of the board. “He brings a new vision, a highly impressive record of strategic and operational success, and 28 years of experience in not-for-profit management, finance, planning, education, research, marketing and development.”

Among other accomplishments while at Wills Eye Hospital, Mr. Kessler was responsible for the construction of a prototype $70-million surgical hospital, a $23-million neurosurgical facility, and a new gero-psychiatric inpatient facility. He also developed Wills Surgical Network, a hospital-owned multi-specialty ambulatory care network embracing 13 centers and 36 operating rooms.

Mr. Kessler has served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Health Assembly, president and chairman of governmental affairs of the American Association of Eye and Ear Hospitals and chairman of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Finance Committee. He is published widely in health care administration professional journals and has been interviewed extensively for television, radio, and newspapers.

Mr. Kessler was associate executive director and chief operating officer at Wills from 1981-1985 and served as an associate administrator at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia from 1977-1981. He earned a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University in 1976.


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