Kaleida Health Administration
Jody L. Lomeo
President and CEO
Jody L. Lomeo assumed the role of president and CEO of both Kaleida Health and the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York in April 2014 after being named interim president and CEO in January 2014.
While interim president and CEO, Lomeo re-energized the organization through his style of collaboration and inclusive leadership. His focus on engaging physicians, nurses and staff fosters new ways to deliver more efficient high quality patient care at the bedside. Lomeo also launched a primary care strategy with Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and HealthNow, and worked to build partnerships with UBMD, Buffalo Medical Group and numerous other community physicians and physician groups, as well as organized labor.
Lomeo previously served as CEO of ECMC from January 2009 through April 2014. Prior to that, he was a member of the Erie County Medical Center Corporation Board of Directors for more than eight years.
During his tenure at ECMC, Lomeo oversaw remarkable change because of his focus on patient care and the community. He has been a principal driver of collaboration between ECMC, Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo as he previously served as vice chair of Great Lakes Health, the entity through which that collaboration is implemented.
Lomeo provides guidance to a number of community organizations as a volunteer board member, including D’Youville College and the Healthcare Association of New York State. He and his wife, Mary, live in Clarence, New York with their three children.
Toni L. Booker
Executive Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer
Booker joined Kaleida Health in July 2009 and is currently the executive vice president and chief human resources officer. In her role, she provides leadership and strategic direction for all human resources functions of this health care system of 10,000 employees. As an integral member of the executive team, she directs and oversees organizational change, labor/employee relations, compensation, benefits, staffing, organizational development, occupational health, and diversity initiatives.
During her career, Booker has developed and implemented human resources initiatives in large and small organizations. Her global background in human resources, multi-cultural perspective and consultative approach have been assets in multiple industries, including financial services, telecommunications, fashion and media/entertainment.
Prior to Kaleida Health, Booker was the executive director of Corporate Human Resources at Time Warner Inc. with responsibility for a global client population. Before that, she held both corporate and divisional leadership roles in human resources with The Worth Collection, Ltd., Citigroup and Bankers Trust.
Booker is a native New Yorker who enjoys music, cooking and world travel. Prior community service includes serving as Board Chair for JazzReach, Inc., numerous job coaching workshops for youth and scholarship fundraising activities.
She graduated from Swarthmore College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a concentration in sociology, and holds a certification from the Institute for Applied Management and Law.
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Donald Boyd was appointed senior vice president of business development for Kaleida Health in May of 2009.
Boyd had been the president at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital and a vice president for Kaleida Health since August 2006. In his site president role, he helped lead the hospital's growth, particularly in the vascular service lines such as cardiac, stroke and vascular surgery plus the integration efforts for the Gates Vascular Institute.
In his current role, Boyd lead Kaleida Health's numerous growth initiatives, including the development of the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI), integration of Buffalo General and Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospitals, help with the implementation of the professional steering committee (PSC) recommendations for Great Lakes Health, ECMC and Kaleida Health, coordination of physician alignment plus other business development opportunities throughout Western New York.
A Williamsville resident, Boyd has been with Kaleida Health since its inception in 1998. He previously served as vice president for ambulatory services and business development, director of ambulatory services, manager of quality improvement and director of Kaleida Health's ambulatory surgery center in Williamsville.
He has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in corporate finance and healthcare systems management, from the University of Buffalo (UB). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in community mental health and psychology from UB.
Jamal A. Ghani
Executive Vice President
System Chief Operating Officer
Jamal A. Ghani, MBA, MHA, was named executive vice president and system chief operating officer for Kaleida Health in October 2014.
Ghani came to Buffalo from the Cleveland Clinic Florida, where he served as the chief executive administrative officer.
Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Parkland, Florida is part of the world renowned Cleveland Clinic.
As system chief operating officer, Ghani is responsible for the growth, development and leadership over Kaleida Health's operating divisions, including its four hospitals, the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York, long-term care, as well as its ambulatory network.
Prior to his appointment at the Cleveland Clinic, Ghani was the president of Metro Health Systems in Wyoming, Michigan. Metro Health includes Metro Health Hospital, a major teaching osteopathic hospital affiliated with Michigan State University as well as 17 neighborhood physician offices, certified medical homes, located throughout West Michigan, a Cancer Center developed in partnership with the University of Michigan's Department of Radiation Oncology, plus joint ventures with other healthcare providers.
Ghani has also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Hurley Medical Center and president of Hurley Health Services in Flint, Michigan, as well as the chief administrative officer for Forest Hills Hospital, part of North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in Long Island, New York.
He received his Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from National University in San Diego, California. He completed his undergraduate work at National University as well, obtaining a bachelor's degree (cum laude) in business administration.
Ghani has served on a number of boards and has had significant involvement in start up technology companies and venture funds.
David P. Hughes, MD
Executive Vice President
Chief Medical Officer
After serving as senior vice president and chief clinical integration officer for Kaleida Health, David P. Hughes, MD, MPH, was named executive vice president and chief medical officer in June 2014. In this role, Dr. Hughes will focus on physician relations and business development as well as the organization's clinical strategies.
Dr. Hughes is an accomplished physician, business owner, entrepreneur and engineer. He has served as Kaleida Health's medical director for employee health, an attending physician in emergency medicine at Kaleida Health and ECMC, an assistant clinical professor in emergency medicine for the University at Buffalo (UB), as well the president of the Governing Board for the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) Faculty Practice Management Plan.
Dr. Hughes received his master's degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin and his medical degree from UB. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Wake Forest University Medical Center in North Carolina. He received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.
Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Hughes was a process engineer at the General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant.
Michael P. Hughes, MBA
Senior Vice President
Public Affairs & Marketing
Mike is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Marketing for Kaleida Health, Western New York's largest employer and largest provider of health care services.
Recruited to Kaleida Health in 2004, he is responsible for the hospital system's external affairs including marketing, communications, media relations, government affairs, community relations, advertising, grants, creative services and medical photography.
Active in the community, Hughes was appointed in 2008 to the board of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), becoming the youngest Commissioner in the history of the authority. He currently serves on the Canisius College Board of Regents, the Board of Directors for Buffalo Place, the Buffalo Police Athletic League and the West Seneca Zoning Board of Appeals His public affairs/government relations committee work includes the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus & the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Mike also coaches youth hockey and soccer in West Seneca.
Prior to joining Kaleida Health, Mike was recruited to and served as the Public Affairs and Marketing Manager for Rural/Metro Medical Services, a national ambulance company. He oversaw all media, government and community relations, marketing, and contract compliance in Western New York. He also served as the statewide public information officer for Rural/Metro's nationally recognized "Disaster Response Team."
Hughes has been named to Business First's "Healthcare 50" list, which acknowledges the top healthcare leaders in Western New York. In 2010, the Communication Studies Department at Canisius College named Mike the "Marilyn G.S. Watt Alumni Award" winner, which is presented annually to a notable alumnus from the Communication program.
In 2005, Hughes was named a Business First "40 Under 40" award winner. He is also a graduate of Leadership Buffalo (2002) and the Buffalo FBI's Citizen's Academy (2003). In addition to this, he has won numerous awards from International MarCom and the Western New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Prior to joining Rural/Metro Medical Services, Mike served as the Director of Communications for Erie County. In that role, he was the primary spokesman for New York State's second largest county government and its highest elected official.
Hughes recently completed Harvard Business School's executive management program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned a master's of business administration degree (MBA) from Medaille College as well as bachelors in Communication from Canisius College.
Interim General Counsel
After serving as associate general counsel, Corporate Risk Management for Kaleida Health, Alyson Spaulding, Esq., was named interim general counsel in August 2014. Spaulding has been with Kaleida Health since its inception and directs the company's risk management, emergency management and regulatory affairs functions in addition to overseeing the commercial insurance portfolio.
Spaulding has served as Kaleida Health's director of Corporate Risk Management and director of Risk Management at Millard Fillmore Health System. She previously worked as an attorney at Damon & Morey LLP, specializing in healthcare law and the defense of medical professionals.
Spaulding obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester where she completed a double major in English and French literature, and her Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law, where she was a member of both the Law Review and Moot Court.
A member of the New York State Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association and American Society of Health Care Risk Management, Spaulding has frequently lectured on healthcare risk management topics throughout Western New York and has appeared on television and radio programs discussing medical-legal issues.
Jonathan T. Swiatkowski
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
In June 2014, Jonathan T. Swiatkowski, CPA, was named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Kaleida Health after serving as the vice president for finance and business operations since 2006.
As vice president for finance and business operations, Swiatkowski guided Kaleida Health through major milestones, including the expansion of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital; the closure and sale of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital; the financing, construction and opening of the Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan; and the planning, financing and fundraising for the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.