• Support Services welcomes David Jabs as their new leader

    David Jabs, who has nearly 30 years of experience in hospital engineering services, has been appointed vice president of Support Services at Rome Memorial Hospital, announced President/Chief Executive Officer David Lundquist. Jabs will provide administrative oversight for Plant Operations, Building Services, Food and Nutrition, Biomed, Security and Emergency Management.

    “Bringing our support services under the direction of a single administrator unites our efforts and provides our team with the support to accomplish the vision we’ve set to be a national healthcare leader,” Lundquist said. “Dave’s contagious positive attitude and his thorough knowledge of the industry will be instrumental in helping us advance our strategic growth opportunities.”

    Jabs earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Marist College in Poughkeepsie in 1987, but construction and healthcare were in his blood. His grandfather was in charge of housekeeping at the Kingston Hospital. He learned construction from his father, a school teacher, who also built custom homes.

    “From the age of 10 or 12, I was on his job sites, pushing a broom and learning the trades,” Jabs said, explaining that he pursued the accounting degree because he liked numbers and knew that basic business principles can make or break a small business.

    After working in construction for a few years, Jabs took a position as a mechanic at the Kingston Hospital in 1991 where he discovered his passion for using his skills to support healthcare for his community. “I love coming to work,” he said. “Every morning, from the moment my feet hit the ground, I look forward to the day ahead of me.”

    Because of that passion, he assumed greater leadership responsibility, first as project coordinator of the Kingston Hospital and most recently as director of Engineering Services at Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley in Kingston. He also previously served as director of Engineering Services at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center and was involved in the local fire department and emergency medical services system.

    Jabs said he joined Rome Memorial Hospital because of its community-oriented culture and the natural beauty of the Adirondacks, where he spends a lot of time snowmobiling and hunting in Old Forge and Tug Hill. Before joining RMH’s team, he was already familiar with the hospital’s Emergency Department. When members of his son’s snowmobile racing family got injured at Turning Stone or Pit X, Jabs escorted them to Rome to get them patched up and back on the track. Jabs and his partner, Debbie, are avid Red Sox fans. He has two sons, Ryan, 27, and Andrew, 23, and a daughter, Maddie, 12.
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