Michael Backus Is Now Oswego Health’s New CEO

Michael Backus has been appointed Oswego Health’s CEO effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Michael Harlovic, who retired.

Since 2020 Backus was the chief operating officer and executive vice president and worked alongside Harlovic and other members of the senior leadership team to stabilize the health system.

“We’re confident in Michael Backus and his ability to take Oswego Health to the next level and provide the quality of care this community deserves and needs,” said Oswego Health Board Chairman Ed Alberts. “Lifelong resident, a local leader, and someone who is beyond vested in this community, Backus will not only offer a smooth transition for staff but continue to advocate and position Oswego Health as a leader in local healthcare.”

According to a news release, in just two years Backus has been a proven advocate for local healthcare fighting in both Albany and Washington, DC, to further increase access to high-quality care for Oswego County residents through strategic infrastructure planning for Fulton and Oswego. He has made significant impacts as he managed the daily operations of the health system, including renovations of the AMS building in Fulton as Oswego Health opened its second PrimeCare location.

He has been the conduit to Oswego Health for local government and community providers throughout the pandemic ensuring resources are readily available, and he is extremely focused on the culture of the organization by being actively involved in recruitment and retention efforts as one of the major employers in Oswego County.

Backus holds a master’s degree in public administration, along with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Le Moyne College, where he is also a member of the board of regents. As an emerging healthcare leader, Backus is a part of the American Hospital Association NextGen Fellowship Program and serves on the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).

“It is the honor of my professional life to succeed Michael Harlovic as president and CEO of Oswego Health,” Backus said in a written statement. “I thank the board of directors for their confidence in not only me but our entire senior leadership team. Most importantly, I thank the employees of Oswego Health as throughout the past two years I have seen us rise to many challenges and I am impressed every day by the heroism of our caregivers.”