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Administration

Kaleida Health Board of Directors 2016 2017

Nicholas J. Aquino, MD
Amy Clifton
Frank Curci (CHAIR)
Christopher T. Greene, Esq.
Darren J. King
Jody L. Lomeo
William J. Maggio, Jr.
George Matthews, MD
David A. Milling, MD
Christopher Ross
Mary Lou Rusin, RN EdD
Francisco M. Vasquez, PhD
Peter Winkelstein, MD


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Kaleida Health Administration

Jody L Lomeo

Jody L. Lomeo

President and CEO

Jody L. Lomeo is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaleida Health, the largest healthcare provider and largest employer in Western New York State. He joined Kaleida Health as interim CEO in January 2014 and was named to his current position in April that same year.

Lomeo, a Buffalo native, is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York, the parent organization responsible for integrating the clinical activities of Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMC), University at Buffalo and the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.

Lomeo has also facilitated the acquisition, affiliation and partnerships with numerous physicians, hospitals and health care systems. Combined, that impact of these various entities is over $2.0 billion in revenue with 11 hospitals, 16,000 employees and over 2,000 physicians.

During his tenure at Kaleida Health, Lomeo has led the organization through a remarkable transformation, improving quality of care, increasing market share, improving physician and employee relations, recording budget surpluses, increasing philanthropy and facilitating new construction. Most recently, Lomeo led the planning, financing and construction of the soon to be opened $270 million John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.

He has 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.

Prior to coming to Kaleida Health, Lomeo served as CEO of ECMC. He had spent eight years as a board member there before being recruited to serve as its leader in 2009. His focus on patient care and the community was a driving force in the hospital's rebirth and renaissance. Lomeo initiated talks with the County of Erie (New York), leading to two historic agreements that have stabilized the County's finances while ensuring that ECMC remain autonomous and financially independent. In addition to this, Lomeo was also instrumental in negotiating unprecedented agreements with the New York State Nursing Association and CSEA.

In prioritizing the community's interests, Lomeo was able to implement several physician-led clinical improvements on the ECMC campus. New programs and facilities involving head and neck surgery, breast surgery, and orthopedics, as well as a primary care network of providers have become a part of today's ECMC - all due to his Lomeo's leadership.

A new Center of Excellence in Transplantation and Renal Care and the new Terrace View Long Term Care facility has been joined by a Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health on the ECMC campus. Nearly $200 million of new construction occurred at ECMC under Lomeo, generating new economic development above the impact that this $500 million entity provides through annual operations.

Lomeo's role and impact in health care, business and the community have been recognized numerous times through various awards and achievements.

He has been named Business First's "CEO of the Year," the University at Buffalo School of Management's "Buffalo Niagara Executive of the Year," plus received Business First's "Health Care 50 Award," "D'Youville College's "Achievement in Health Care Award," and the National Federation for Just Communities "Leadership Award." In addition to this, Lomeo has been given the UNYTS "Gift of Life Award," the Leadership Buffalo "Openness to Change Award," Trocaire College's "Reflections Award" and the Amherst Chamber "Commitment to Excellence Award."

Lomeo has provided support and guidance to a number of community organizations as a volunteer over the years, He is a member of the Board of Directors at Evans Bancorp, Inc. (Evans Bank) and the Greater New York Hospital Association. His previously served on the boards of directors at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, D'Youville College and the Healthcare Association of New York State.

He and his wife Mary live in Clarence, New York with their three boys John, Vinny and Joe.

Donald Boyd

Donald Boyd

Executive Vice President for Business Development and Affiliations

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.

David Hughes, MD

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

Michael P. Hughes

Senior Vice President
Public Affairs & Marketing

Michael P. Hughes is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Marketing for Kaleida Health, Western New York's largest employer and largest provider of healthcare services.

Recruited to Kaleida Health in 2004, he is responsible for the organization'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 and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Hughes also coaches youth hockey and soccer in West Seneca.

Prior to joining Kaleida Health, Hughes 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 previously 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 has been named to Business First's "Healthcare 50" list, as well as the “40 Under 40” list. In 2010, Canisius College named Hughes the Marilyn G.S. Watt Alumni Award winner, which is presented annually to a notable alumnus from the Communication program. 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.

Hughes completed Harvard Business School's executive management program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Medaille College as well as bachelor’s degree in communication from Canisius College. Hughes is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo (2002) and the Buffalo FBI's Citizen's Academy (2003).

Cheryl Klass

Cheryl Klass

Executive Vice President
Chief Nursing Executive

Cheryl Klass currently serves as executive vice president and chief nursing executive for Kaleida Health. In this role, she provides oversight for nursing across the entire organization.

Cheryl Klass came to Kaleida Health in 2004 when she was named president of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and vice president for Kaleida Health. In December 2011, Klass was appointed senior vice president of operations, Buffalo General Medical Center, which also includes the Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan. Klass most recently served as vice president, Kaleida Health, and president, Buffalo General Medical Center.

Klass has a comprehensive and very successful background in both adult and pediatric healthcare operations. She began her career as a registered nurse at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in 1977, but quickly advanced into nursing leadership roles that included director of the pediatric, surgical and critical care divisions of the hospital. She also eventually served as the chief nursing officer of Children's Hospital for many years before relocating to Chicago in 1993 to accept the role of chief operating officer for Children's Memorial Medical Center, part of the Northwestern Healthcare System.

Klass returned to Buffalo in 2000 and served as the chief operating officer of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and chief operating officer of Sisters Hospital of Buffalo, as well as vice president of Women's Health for the Catholic Health System, before returning to Children's in 2004. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Niagara University and her Master of Business Administration from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Mary Lou Klee

Mary Lou Klee

Vice President
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

Mary Lou Klee, vice president of corporate employment and compensation, was appointed interim chief human resources officer for Kaleida Health in March 2017.

Klee has been with Kaleida Health since 2006, when she joined the organization as a corporate recruiter. She has been promoted twice, first to director of corporate employment and most recently to her current position as vice president.

Klee has nearly 30 years of experience in the human resources field. Prior to Kaleida Health, she served as human resources director for Clairol, an international consumer products company. Before that, she owned and operated Klee & Associates, Inc., a distribution company for specialty operating room equipment. She also spent 10 years as general manager for a large recruitment firm in Denver, CO.

Alyson Spaulding

Alyson Spaulding

General Counsel

Alyson Spaulding, Esq., was named general counsel for Kaleida Health in March 2015. In this role, Spaulding is responsible for providing primary legal counsel for Kaleida Health and its corporate affiliates. In addition, she oversees Risk Management, Emergency Management, Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance, and Research Management.

Spaulding served as interim general counsel since August 2014. Prior to that, she was associate general counsel, Corporate Risk Management, where she directed Kaleida Health's risk management, emergency management and regulatory affairs functions, in addition to overseeing the commercial insurance portfolio and legal services related to professional and general liability.

Spaulding, who has been with Kaleida Health since its inception, obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester where she completed a double major, and her Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law, where she was a member of both the Law Review and Moot Court.

David Hughes, MD

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.

Buffalo General Medical Center Administration

Christopher Lane

Christopher Lane

President
Vice President, Kaleida Health

Christopher Lane was named president of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute in 2016.

Christopher Lane was named vice president of Kaleida Health and president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in January of 2007. In January 2012, he took on the additional responsibility of leadership as president for DeGraff Memorial Hospital as well.

Lane joined Kaleida Health in 2003, when he was named vice president of Kaleida Health and president of DeGraff Memorial Hospital. Before joining Kaleida Health, he served as administrator of Covenant Health Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Lane is the winner of the prestigious Modern Health Care Up and Comer Award (given annually to only 12 Healthcare Executives nationwide), Buffalo Business First's "40 under 40," Buffalo Business First "Health Care 50" and the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas Citizen of the Year 2006 award, among others. He is extremely active in the community: sitting on the Executive Board of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and Millard Ambulatory Surgery Center, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church Home and Canterbury Woods, and a member of the Board of Directors for Unyts. He is also a past board member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas, the Child Care Coalition of Niagara Frontier, Rotary Club of the Tonawandas and Salem, New Hampshire and the United Way of Tonawandas.

Lane holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and received his master's degree in healthcare administration from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY.

Jeffrey Holt

Rudy Jackson

Chief Nursing Officer
Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute
Kaleida Health

Rudy Jackson, MHA, BSN, RN, was named chief nursing officer for Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute in October
2016.

Jackson brings 25 years of healthcare experience to this role, as
well as officer/captain level experience in the United States Army.
Jackson most recently served as senior executive director of hospital
operations at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San
Antonio in San Antonio, TX, where he was responsible for overseeing
perioperative services, emergency services, trauma services,
ambulatory surgical services, sterile processing and medicine service
line.

Jackson is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life
support and advanced burn life support. He is a member of the
American College of Healthcare Executives. He received his Bachelor
of Science in nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word in
San Antonio, TX, and his Master of Health Administration from Webster
University in Webster Groves, MO. He is currently enrolled in the
Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Lisa Schmidt

Lisa Schmidt

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Schmidt was named chief operating officer, Buffalo General Medical Center in 2013.

Most recently, Schmidt held the position of vice president, strategic initiatives & implementation.

Schmidt joined Kaleida Health in 1988. Her experience includes:

  • Senior Director, Ambulatory Services, Buffalo General Medical Center/Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
  • Project Coordinator, Performance Improvement, Buffalo General Medical Center
  • Manager, Ambulatory Clinics/Geriatric Ambulatory, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital
  • Specialist/Senior Employee Relations Specialist, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital
  • Manager, Women's Health Services, Buffalo General Medical Center

She is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and serves as board member, Buffalo Prenatal/Perinatal Association; sustainability committee member, Buffalo Prenatal/Perinatal Association; and committee member/past chair, Deaconess pediatric unit at HighPointe on Michigan.

Schmidt was named a 2013 Business First Top 50 in Healthcare and was a 2012 Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network honoree.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Medaille College and a Master of Science degree, Executive Leadership, from Daemen College.

Colin J. McMahon, MD

Colin J. McMahon, MD

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Colin J. McMahon, MD, was named vice president and chief medical officer (CMO) at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) in July 2014.

As CMO, Dr. McMahon will serve as direct, on-site medical administration to facilitate Kaleida Health's patient experience and quality of care initiatives.

Dr. McMahon most recently was the medical director of hospital operations at BGMC.

A resident of Orchard Park, Dr. McMahon received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). He has also served as the director of adult services at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and pediatric medical director at HighPointe on Michigan.

Dr. McMahon was the recipient of the Burt P. Flickinger, Jr. Award, Medical Professional of the Year (2009) and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Internal Medicine, and American College of Physicians. He is also chairman for the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation's "Festival of Trees."

DeGraff Memorial Hospital Administration

Darcy Craven

Darcy Craven

President

In October 2016, Darcy Craven was named president of Millard Fillmore Suburban and DeGraff Memorial Hospitals.

Craven was recruited from the Carolinas Hospital System where he served as chief executive officer. He joined the Carolinas Hospital System in 2010 as its chief operating officer before being promoted to the CEO position in 2012.


In his time there, he is credited with growing volume, improving quality, employee and patient satisfaction scores, modernizing the facilities, and developing an integrated network of physicians.


Prior to this, Craven held executive leadership positions with two Carolinas Hospital System affiliates - interim CEO of Cherokee Medical Center in Centre, Alabama and the assistant CEO of DeKalb Regional Medical Center in Fort Payne, Alabama.


Craven has a Master of Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba (Canada).

David Pierce, MD, FACEP

David Pierce, MD, FACEP

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

David Pierce, MD, FACEP, was named the vice president and chief medical officer (CMO) for Millard Fillmore Suburban (MFSH) and DeGraff Memorial Hospitals (DMH) in December 2014.

Dr. Pierce was most recently quality and patient safety medical officer and an attending emergency medicine physician at MFSH.

Dr. Pierce, who will continue to practice clinically in the emergency department at MFSH, also holds positions as medical education coordinator and attending physician in emergency medicine for FDR Medical Services, P.C., adjunct teaching faculty Harvard Medical School/Harvard Business School, and assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at UB.

A resident of East Amherst, Dr. Pierce received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, began his medical training at the University of Guadalajara and finished at New York Medical College, and completed his residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Pierce was the recipient of the Dean's Award at UB for extraordinary service to the university and received distinction as Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP) in 2009. He was also winner of the National Final Clinical Pathologic Case at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference in 2007.

He is an active member of several sections of the ACEP and holds numerous professional appointments including, content advisor/reviewer for the Harvard Business Review Advisory Board; NYS chief of police surgeons of the State Troopers PBA Police Surgeons Group; police surgeon for Criminal Bureau of Investigation of NYS Police Investigators Association and uniformed reserve deputy sheriff of the Erie County Sheriff's Department Scientific Staff Division.

Jeffrey Holt

Jeffrey Holt

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Holt joined Kaleida Health in 2013 and serves as chief operating officer, Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Center and Surgical Services at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC), and the Gates Vascular Institute.

Holt has a diverse healthcare leadership background. He spent much of his career at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center as cardiology divisional administrator, where he oversaw 172 cardiologists, 120 staff members, and controlled a $54 million budget.

While at NYU, Holt increased clinical and philanthropic revenue by $20 million, recruited 20 new cardiologists, and four large physician groups to strategically align clinical services and resources. Under his leadership, New York University Langone Medical Center was ranked 15th in U.S. News Best Hospitals for Cardiology and Heart Surgery.

Most recently, Holt was corporate director of the neurosciences and behavioral health service lines, inclusive of orthopedics, at Meridian Health, a five hospital network in New Jersey.

Holt graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master in Public Administration, Healthcare Management and Policy Analysis, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Medical Group Management Association and Administrators of Internal Medicine.

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Administration

Darcy Craven

Darcy Craven

President

In October 2016, Darcy Craven was named president of Millard Fillmore Suburban and DeGraff Memorial Hospitals.

Craven was recruited from the Carolinas Hospital System where he served as chief executive officer. He joined the Carolinas Hospital System in 2010 as its chief operating officer before being promoted to the CEO position in 2012.


In his time there, he is credited with growing volume, improving quality, employee and patient satisfaction scores, modernizing the facilities, and developing an integrated network of physicians.


Prior to this, Craven held executive leadership positions with two Carolinas Hospital System affiliates - interim CEO of Cherokee Medical Center in Centre, Alabama and the assistant CEO of DeKalb Regional Medical Center in Fort Payne, Alabama.


Craven has a Master of Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba (Canada).

David Pierce, MD, FACEP

David Pierce, MD, FACEP

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

David Pierce, MD, FACEP, was named the vice president and chief medical officer (CMO) for Millard Fillmore Suburban (MFSH) and DeGraff Memorial Hospitals (DMH) in December 2014.

Dr. Pierce was most recently quality and patient safety medical officer and an attending emergency medicine physician at MFSH.

Dr. Pierce, who will continue to practice clinically in the emergency department at MFSH, also holds positions as medical education coordinator and attending physician in emergency medicine for FDR Medical Services, P.C., adjunct teaching faculty Harvard Medical School/Harvard Business School, and assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at UB.

A resident of East Amherst, Dr. Pierce received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, began his medical training at the University of Guadalajara and finished at New York Medical College, and completed his residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Pierce was the recipient of the Dean's Award at UB for extraordinary service to the university and received distinction as Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP) in 2009. He was also winner of the National Final Clinical Pathologic Case at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference in 2007.

He is an active member of several sections of the ACEP and holds numerous professional appointments including, content advisor/reviewer for the Harvard Business Review Advisory Board; NYS chief of police surgeons of the State Troopers PBA Police Surgeons Group; police surgeon for Criminal Bureau of Investigation of NYS Police Investigators Association and uniformed reserve deputy sheriff of the Erie County Sheriff's Department Scientific Staff Division.

Jeffrey Holt

Jeffrey Holt

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Holt joined Kaleida Health in 2013 and serves as chief operating officer, Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Center and Surgical Services at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC), and the Gates Vascular Institute.

Holt has a diverse healthcare leadership background. He spent much of his career at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center as cardiology divisional administrator, where he oversaw 172 cardiologists, 120 staff members, and controlled a $54 million budget.

While at NYU, Holt increased clinical and philanthropic revenue by $20 million, recruited 20 new cardiologists, and four large physician groups to strategically align clinical services and resources. Under his leadership, New York University Langone Medical Center was ranked 15th in U.S. News Best Hospitals for Cardiology and Heart Surgery.

Most recently, Holt was corporate director of the neurosciences and behavioral health service lines, inclusive of orthopedics, at Meridian Health, a five hospital network in New Jersey.

Holt graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master in Public Administration, Healthcare Management and Policy Analysis, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Medical Group Management Association and Administrators of Internal Medicine.

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo Administration

Allegra C. Jaros, MBA

Allegra C. Jaros

President
Vice President, Kaleida Health

Allegra was appointed president of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo in 2014.

In this role, Jaros, is responsible for development and leadership of the hospital's long-term strategic direction in the arena of financial and operational management.
 
Jaros provides leadership, direction, support and assistance to the hospital's operating divisions and directly manage financial operations encompassing the technical finance operations, and all relationships impacting the financial health of the organization.  Additionally, Jaros leads all business relationships with physician and physician practices to ensure that the needs of the organization are effectively met.

Jaros formerly served Kaleida Health as vice president, hospital operations at Women & Children's Hospital since 2006. She also previously held roles as director of business development and business advisor for Women & Children's Hospital and manager of operational planning for Kaleida Health.

Jaros has earned her Bachelor of Science in finance and Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on healthcare from Canisius College.

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD, was named vice president and chief medical officer at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) in July 2014. Dr. Turkovich previously served as quality and patient safety officer and the co-medical director of the newborn nursery at WCHOB.

A resident of Buffalo, Dr. Turkovich received his Bachelor of Arts in anthropology as well as his medical degree from the University at Buffalo (UB). He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Rochester, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. He currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics for UB.

Dr. Turkovich has won numerous awards and honors over the past ten years, including the Business First "Healthcare 50" designation and the UB School of Medicine's "Medical Alumni Award for Community Service and Commitment." He is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dianne Charsha, RN, DrNP, FACHE, NEA-BC, NNP-BC

Dianne Charsha, RN, DrNP, FACHE, NEA-BC, NNP-BC

Chief Nursing & Clinical Operations Officer

Dianne Susan Charsha, RN, DrNP, FACHE, NEA-BC, NNP-BC, was named chief nursing officer for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in October 2016.

In this role, Charsha oversees nursing operations, develop and implement nursing strategies and policies, nursing practice guidelines and quality indicators, all with a focus on delivering high quality care to patients and families.

With 12 years of senior nursing leadership experience and 20 years of direct clinical experience, Charsha formerly served as vice president and chief nursing officer for Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Fairfax, VA, where she oversaw nursing practice and clinical operations for medical and surgical services, pediatrics, women’s health, emergency, critical care, progressive care, cardiology and ambulatory services. In addition, she served as the executive director for the opening of a new Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital with 330 private rooms, 108-bed single room NICU, 14 operating rooms and 33 labor and delivery rooms.  Charsha led the orientation and training of all personnel working in the new hospital, which opened in February 2016.

Charsha also previously held roles as senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ; director of neonatal services at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, MO; and manager of nurse practitioner services at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

She is a certified neonatal advanced life support regional instructor and pediatric advanced life support instructor. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Perinatal Section, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National Association of Neonatal Nurses, and the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.

Charsha received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Wilkes College in Wilkes Barre, PA, and her Master of Science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where she also received her post-graduate certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York Administration

Judy Baumgartner

Judy Baumgartner

President
Vice President, Kaleida Health

Baumgartner was appointed president of the VNA in November 2010. She joined the agencies in 1998 and served as director of finance for 10 years. Prior to that, she served as the director of operations and the director of reimbursement at Children's Hospital Home Care. She began her career as a staff accountant with the Children's Hospital of Buffalo in 1992.

Baumgartner holds a Masters of Business Administration in healthcare systems from the University at Buffalo, and a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure University.

Lisa Greisler, RN

Lisa Greisler

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Greisler was named vice president and chief operating officer of the VNA in 2013. In this role, she leads all patient services for the VNA of Western New York (a Medicare-Certified Home Health Agency CHHA).

Responsible for the clinical and operational direction for nursing, rehabilitation, home health and other services, Greisler provides oversight for overall VNA operating functions with particular focus on analysis and synthesis of data trends to forecast and support strategic business direction.

Greisler previously served as the lead clinical manager of the VNA since 1996. She joined the VNA in 1981 as a home health nurse, and has spent the majority of her career here, serving as a liaison nurse, patient service manager, and quality assurance director prior to her promotion to her current position. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 1979.

She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University at Buffalo.

Laura Raisor, RN

Laura Raisor

Director of Long-term Service

Raisor assumed her position in 1998. She spent the majority of her career at Staff Builders Home Health, Inc. where she began in 1987 as a nursing supervisor. She served as the director of patient services there prior to joining VNAHCS.

Raisor holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Daemen College, and an Associates in Applied Science in nursing from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.