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Good Sam Appoints Chief Operating Officer

November 17th, 2017


Colonel (Retired) John A. McMurray has been named Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).

After a rigorous national search and a series of interviews with key stakeholders, the panel selected John due to his leadership style, passion and competence which stood out amongst other competitors. We feel these qualities make him the most capable to lead Good Samaritan to a highly successful future.  John possesses a rare talent that will assist in developing and enhancing partnerships within the community and will solidify our position as a premium health care organization, delivering the community a full range of programs.  With 25 years of leadership experience, John brings an extensive health care portfolio in managing and serving military and civilian staff who execute the mission.  Holding a master’s in health administration and another in strategic studies, he has linked academic and firsthand experience to build a reputation for meeting the most challenging goals.  As a staff orientated leader, John can balance the demands of delivering world-class health care while simultaneously ensuring the welfare of all employees. A tested and versatile leader under the most extreme conditions, he employs calm, level-headed management to solve problems.

No stranger to large-scale medical operations, and performing well in the Army’s most demanding and challenging positions, John will join us after his last assignment as the commander/chief executive officer for the military’s health care delivery platform at Fort Drum, New York.  There he directed health care for more than 30,000 TRICARE beneficiaries and the medical readiness of 15,000 soldiers to meet global mission requirements.  While in this capacity, he was also a board member of Fort Drum’s Regional Health Planning Organization, leading his organization through inspections, accreditations and licensing requirements resulting in national, state and local awards and recognitions.  Also, he held a dual role as the chief of staff and chief operating officer for the U.S. Army Pacific Region Medical Command at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii where he maintained direct oversight of a teaching medical center, 2 community hospitals, 16 ambulatory clinics and a worldwide deployable 2-Star General Medical Headquarters.  He was recognized by the Army’s surgeon general and the chief financial officer for exhibiting excellent business practices, the most improved patient satisfaction and best access to care in army medicine. 

John will be returning to his family home in Bohemia with his wife, Trisch, a registered nurse, and his two children Lily (8) and Andy (10), who are affectionately known as the “Little Macs.”