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Get to Know Niagara Lutheran Health System President/ CEO, Chris Koenig

Koenig FullSizeRenderChris Koenig was selected to become the new CEO of Niagara Lutheran Health System after a national search process, succeeding Jurgen Arndt as of April 19, 2016. Mr. Arndt retired after a highly successful 41 years of service to the organization, which including leading the development of The GreenField Continuing Care Community in Lancaster, NY. The GreenFields offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, enhanced assisted living, skilled nursing, respite care, subacute rehabilitation and outpatient therapy to today’s seniors.

Chris most recently served as Vice President of Post Acute Care for Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMC), located in Buffalo, where he is responsible for oversight of long term care, subacute care, transitional care, palliative care, rehabilitation, ECMC Internal DSRIP relations, and the Medical Rehabilitation Unit.  He also served as an adjunct professor for State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Related Professions.

Prior to ECMC, Chris served The McGuire Group from 2007 through 2015, culminating in his role as Administrator of Rehabilitation, where he provided oversight of all rehabilitation operations of six facilities in NYS and one facility in Detroit Michigan. He also became a Managing Consultant and Partner of Rehab Ultra Consulting, a consulting firm developed through The McGuire Group. Chris stated, “Mr. Arndt is truly one of the most respected leaders of senior care in Western New York. I am honored to be chosen as his successor and excited about continuing the outstanding success of this organization in providing the highest quality of care to those it serves as we move forward in today’s challenging healthcare environment.”

Chris holds an MBA in Business Administration (concentrations of Finance and Health Care Administration), University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.  Professional Licensures include Nursing Home Administration, New York, and Physical Therapy, New York. Chris, his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Christian and Vivian, live in Lancaster, NY.

To see Chris’s section in Buffalo Business First’s Who’s Who in Health Care, click here.

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