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Larrabee retires, Colleen Rose to take Executive Health Director role at MCH.

Byline: Gino Fanelli

Gene Larrabee has announced his plans to retire from his post as executive health director of Monroe Community Hospital (MCH), with deputy executive director Colleen Rose to take over the role effective June 28.

Since 2013, Larrabee has presided over some of the largest technological and systemic shifts in MCH history. Under his tenure, MCH has added a ventilator unit, a pediatric unit and underwent a series of improvements to the hospital's rehabilitation unit. Most recently, the hospital has began building out a new state-of-the-art recreation unit.

Opened in 1933 as Monroe Community Home and Infirmary, MCH is a county-owned, long-term care hospital specializing in hospice care, rehabilitation, geriatric care and similar services.

"Gene has done an exceptional job as the leader of Monroe Community Hospital," said County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, at a press conference in MCH's auditorium on Monday, April 8. "I'm going to tell you why, whether you see him at the Christmas parties and he reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' or he goes out and walks the halls and talks to residents or when he sits down and talks to staff, Gene is really what leadership is all about."

Larrabee's role at MCH is the capstone to a 48-year career in health care administration. Prior to joining MCH, Larrabee took his first job in New York by way of West Palm Beach, Fla., as executive director of Albany County Department of Residential Health Care Facilities.

With plans to fulfill his wife's wish of moving back to a place with palm trees, Larrabee thanked the hospital for a fitting send off to five decades of health care work.

"It has put tears in my eyes; this is a special place," Larrabee said. "As I leave you, I leave you with this charge, to Colleen, and to all of you, please, keep this place special."

Rose has worked closely with Larrabee throughout his tenure, and previously served as director of strategic initiatives and assistant administrator for the Fairport Baptist Home. Pending approval by the Monroe County Legislature in the May session, Rose is slated to be the first woman leader of Monroe Community Hospital.

Speaking to staff and residents at MCH, Rose said April 8 was "the best day of her life."

"This organization can conquer anything thrown at us if we commit to each other," Rose said. "Today, I pledge my commitment to MCH and all of you, and I'm eager to see how high we can fly."

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Author:Fanelli, Gino
Publication:Rochester Business Journal
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Date:Apr 8, 2019
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