Stewart Putnam, B.S.

Expertise: Health Care Administration, Organizational Efficiency and Redesign



  • President, Health Care Services Division, Unity Health System, Rochester (2012-14)
  • Executive Vice President, Unity Health System (1997-2012)
  • President & CEO, St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, NY (1995-97)
  • Chair-elect, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, IL


Stewart C. Putnam has led a 36-year career in health care administration.  He most recently worked for Unity Health System in Rochester, New York.  He is currently chair-elect of the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Putnam served as Unity’s executive vice president from 1997 through early 2012 and as president of the Health Care Services Division until his retirement in early 2014.

Putnam was president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester from July 1995–December 1996 after serving from January 1984–June 1995 as senior vice president for Inpatient Services and COO, vice president for Ambulatory and Physician Services, administrative director for Surgical Services and Ambulatory Services, and executive director of Westside Health Services

As president and CEO of St. Mary’s, Putnam was crucial to crafting the affiliation that led to restructuring Park Ridge Health System and St. Mary’s Hospital to create what today is Unity Health System.  Putnam was also instrumental in developing community services in inner city Rochester, for which St. Mary’s received the prestigious Foster G. McGaw prize in 1996.

Putnam is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and served in the United States Army 1971-1974. MORE