Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Michael Backus joined Oswego Health in September 2020 as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President.
No stranger to the organization and healthcare, Backus has served on the Oswego Health Board of Directors since 2016 and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ConnextCare. In addition, Backus serves on the credentials and legislative committees for the National Association of Community Health Centers.
In his leadership role at Oswego Health, Backus manages the organization's growth and connectivity to the community as a health system. He heads the strategic planning and development of the overall organization on a day-to-day basis, along with promoting Oswego Health as a premier regional healthcare provider. Additionally, Backus is responsible for business development including overseeing physician recruitment, community relations and capital project planning.
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.
Leadership Greater Syracuse recognized Backus in 2012 as a Certified Community Leader, He also has been recognized by several regional and statewide publications as a 40-Under-40 "Rising Star," including by the Central New York Business Journal and the Albany-based City & State Magazine. In 2018, Backus was awarded the inaugural "Friend of the First" award by The Palladium-Times.
Professionally before joining Oswego Health, Backus served in elected office as Clerk of Oswego County, where he led the legislative committee for the New York State Association of County Clerks. He also has served on the legislative staff of state and federal officials, including former US Representative John McHugh.
Backus is a lifelong resident of Oswego County and resides in Mexico with his wife and two children.