New Leadership at BGH

Released: 12/8/2011
Cheryl Klass, SVP Operations at BGH and president, WCHOB

Many great things are happening on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 

The new Emergency Department opened on schedule November 11, 2011; HighPointe on Michigan opened successfully last weekend; the integration of Gates’ and Buffalo General’s people and programs continues to unfold, and now Kaleida Health is pleased to announce that Cheryl Klass has joined the campus in a leadership role as Senior Vice President of Operations. 

In her new role, Cheryl will team with Connie Vari, Kaleida Health's Chief Operating Officer and the President of “Engine 1,” which includes Buffalo General, the GVI, HighPointe on Michigan and the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.  

Cheryl, Connie & Dr. Margaret Paroski, (Chief Medical Officer for Kaleida Health/Engine 1) will work together to formulate strategic plans, as well as care, margin and growth goals for the emerging campus.   The goal of aligning the teams today is with the end in mind: and that is the creation of a fully integrated medical campus, from pediatrics through long term care.

Cheryl will be directly responsible for day to day operations of Buffalo General, the GVI as well as the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.  She will retain her title as President of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo as well.

Cheryl began her career in health care as a registered nurse at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in 1977, but she 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, IL in 1993 to accept the role of Chief Operating Officer for Children’s Memorial Medical Center, part of the Northwestern Healthcare System.

Cheryl 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 for Women's Health for the Catholic Health System, before returning to Children's in 2004 where she has served as President for the past seven years.

Cheryl graduated with a Bachelor’ Degree in Nursing from Niagara University and an MBA (master's degree in business administration) from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She lives in Buffalo and has three daughters: Erin, Catherine and Ann.

Please help us congratulate Cheryl on her new leadership role at Buffalo General and the transition toward a campus leadership model.