Kaskie Named Chair of Greater New York Hospital Association

Updated: 6/6/2013

James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, this week was installed as the 2013-2014 chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA).

GNYHA, founded in 1904, is a trade association comprising nearly 250 hospitals and continuing care facilities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island. 

“We are very fortunate to have Jim Kaskie as our new chairman,” said Kenneth E. Raske, president of GNYHA. “He is a proven leader, and his vision and experience will be invaluable during these challenging times for hospitals across New York State.”

Kaskie’s ascension to the chairman position marks the first time in the organization’s history that an executive outside the metro New York City area has been selected to lead this prestigious group. 

GNYHA’s mission is to advocate, on behalf of its members and the communities they serve, for improved access to high-quality, cost-efficient health care and for the tools and resources to provide it. GNYHA works to support the sound management of healthcare resources and to defend the hospital industry through a number of key activities including policy analysis and development, advocacy, education, research and business services.

Kaskie joined Kaleida Health as its chief operating officer in 2004 and was named to his current position in 2006. As CEO at Kaleida Health, Kaskie has led the organization in improving quality of care, increasing market share, improving physician relations, strengthening its balance sheet, recording budget surpluses and increasing philanthropy. With nearly 10,000 employees, Kaleida Health is Western New York’s largest private employer, serving nearly one million people a year and generating net revenue of $1.2 billion. The family of healthcare companies includes the four hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities, 90 ambulatory care programs and sites plus the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York, Inc. 

Kaskie is also the president and chief executive officer of the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York – the organization integrating the clinical activities of Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center Corporation, University at Buffalo and the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. In his role as president and CEO, Kaskie oversees the clinical consolidation process of these various entities, bringing together almost $1.5 billion in revenues, 13,000 employees and nearly 2,000 physician partners.