MONTOUR FALLS, N.Y. (WENY) – Jim Watson, the President and CEO of Schuyler Hospital, has announced he plans to retire.

Watson's retirement will be effective in February 2020. Rebecca Gould, the Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as the next president by the Cayuga Health System Board of Directors.

As part of the transition plan, officials say Gould will step into the role of Chief Operating Officer on October 14, and then will assume the role of president in February after Watson retires.

Watson was hired as President and CEO in February 2016, after serving in hospital leadership roles in New York State for decades.

Watson's experience includes: President of Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital for 19 years, two years as CEO of Massena Memorial Hospital and nine years as Assistant Executive Director of Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, New York.

“The growth of Schuyler Hospital in recent years thanks to our partnership with Cayuga Medical Center has been phenomenal,” Watson said, “with the rapid expansion of specialty services, new technology including 3D Mammography, renovations of our primary care centers, and our current $10.3 million Transformation Project, bringing us a state-of-the-art medical-surgical unit and fully renovated primary care within the hospital."

Watson received his MBA in Health Systems Administration from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1983. He also served on the HANYS Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014, and as the President of the Rochester Regional Healthcare Association from 2011 to 2015.

Gould has worked at Schuyler Hospital since 2000, starting as a medical billing representative and then working her way up to her current role of CFO and Executive Director of Finance. She has a master's degree in Business Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Project Management from SUNY Empire State College.