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ITHACA, NY – The Ithaca Health Alliance Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Norbert (“Norb”) McCloskey as its new executive director. He fills the vacancy created by Abbe Lyons departure in January. The selection was made after a comprehensive nationwide search and selection process.

McCloskey brings more than two decades of nonprofit and corporate experience to the IHA, most recently heading the Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc. in Pottsville, PA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing public health resources to underserved disparate and rural populations. With a mission to “Improving the Health of Our Communities,” COGI provides programs and services to 12 counties making up central Pennsylvania.

“We are extremely pleased to announce this appointment,” said C. Kelly White, Board President. “The board is excited to have Norbert join the Alliance team. His leadership and breadth of perspective and experience are vital as we work with our dedicated staff and over 120 volunteers to grow and expand the Alliance’s programs and services that play such an important role in the healthcare safety net in our community.” He will begin his new position at Ithaca Health Alliance on March 8.

As executive director of the Ithaca Health Alliance, McCloskey will oversee an organization that connects more than 1000 un-and-underinsured individuals to quality medically integrated health care services every year.

Others have obtained quality health information, as well as the services of financial advocates who foster financial health by helping individuals access assistance programs and navigate bureaucracies.

“It’s an honor to join the IHA team,” McCloskey said. “IHA has been an important part of the community for nearly 20 years. IHA has helped thousands of residents unable to afford health insurance receive needed medical care. I believe access to quality health care goes beyond being affordable; it is a basic human right. I welcome this opportunity to help the staff and volunteers of IHA continue to provide needed services to the uninsured and underinsured of our community.”

McCloskey has a professional background that includes general management, marketing, operations, human resources, customer services, project management, database systems development, non‐profit management, program development, funding acquisition, and interactive instructional design.

His community involvement has included President, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services Board of Directors, Trustee, Suicide Prevention Foundation, and past President, Tompkins County American Red Cross Advisory Board of Directors. In 2014, McCloskey was a recipient of the American Red Cross of the Southern Tier Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognized extraordinary work on behalf of the agency.

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Michael Smith

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