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Farchione to Retire in May 2012

Board Begins Search for Successor

CANANDAIGUA – After 25 years with Thompson Health and 20 as the health system’s
President/CEO, Linda M. Farchione announced last week that she will retire in May 2012.

“My career with Thompson has been challenging, exciting and incredibly rewarding as I
have enjoyed the privilege of working with countless individuals of the highest caliber,” Farchione
said. “Together, we have accomplished many wonderful things and have laid the foundation for
many more in the future. That is why I know that a year from now, the timing will be right for me,
and for Thompson.”

A Canandaigua native and registered nurse, Farchione first joined Thompson in 1986 as
VP of Nursing at F.F. Thompson Hospital. She became President/CEO of the entire organization
in 1991. In this role, Farchione has overseen F.F. Thompson Health System, F.F. Thompson
Hospital, the 188-bed M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center, the FFT Senior Communities
comprised of 84 independent apartments at Ferris Hills and 48 enriched living apartments at
Clark Meadows, the Thompson Foundation, FFT Properties, Inc., the Finger Lakes Community
Care Network, and Ontario County Advanced Life Support.

Through all of the above-mentioned corporations and a myriad of services, Thompson

Health serves an estimated 165,000 residents of the Greater Finger Lakes region. With revenues
in excess of $105 million, the organization has grown to employ more than 1,300 dedicated
individuals from the Canandaigua and surrounding communities. In addition, it has over 400
community volunteers and a respected medical staff of nearly 350 physicians and mid-level
providers such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

William R. Kenyon, Chairman of the Board, noted that during Farchione’s time at the
helm, Thompson Health has achieved many things, including receiving the Governor’s Award for
Excellence and Magnet designation – in recognition of nursing excellence – from the American
Nurses Credentialing Center.

“In my mind, however, Linda’s greatest achievement is the creation and nurturing of a
culture that now is Thompson Health,” Kenyon said. “Her greatest achievements are neither
bricks nor mortar nor plaques on the wall. It is the people of Thompson Health and the culture of
caring that will be her lasting legacy.”

As the Board of Directors begins its search for a successor, Kenyon said it will first take
the pulse of the community – service groups, school officials, local government officials and more
– to determine the community’s expectations of Thompson Health in the future. Thompson
Health’s medical staff and Associates will also be heavily involved in the search process. The
Board will engage the services of a search firm specializing in healthcare executives to aid in the
search process.
“This process is going to be very inclusive, because Thompson is a cornerstone of this
community,” Kenyon said.

In the meantime, Farchione said she has a busy year ahead of her as she continues
working with her executive team and Associates throughout the health system on a number of
current initiatives, including Project Excel – the $43 million hospital expansion/renovation slated
for completion in 2012 – and the systemwide transition to electronic medical records.

“There is much to accomplish in the year ahead,” she said, “and I look forward to working
with Thompson’s next President/CEO in ensuring that this health system continues to thrive for
this community, well into the future.”


About Thompson Health: Thompson Health is the parent corporation overseeing the operation of five affiliate health
care organizations on a variety of campuses in Ontario and Livingston counties. The corporations include F.F. Thompson
Hospital (113 acute care beds), M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center (188 beds), FFTH Properties and Services, F.F.
Thompson Foundation and F.F.T. Senior Communities. With a respected medical staff of more than 300 physicians, a
community volunteer group with over 400 members and 1,400 Associates, Thompson provides quality health care to
approximately 165,000 residents of the greater Finger Lakes region.