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Administration

Kaleida Health Board of Directors

Nicholas J. Aquino, MD
Thomas Beauford
Lorrie A. Clemo, PhD
Kent Chevli, M.D.
Gary M. Crosby
Frank Curci, Chair
Abeer Eddib, MD
Muhammed Javed, MD
William J. Maggio, Jr.
George E. Matthews, MD
Timothy G. McEvoy, Esq.
Robert J. Nesselbush
Paul O'Leary
John Persons
Christopher Ross
Mary Lou Rusin, RN EdD


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Kaleida Health Administration

Robert Nesselbush

Robert J. Nesselbush

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Robert J. Nesselbush, formerly the organization's chief financial officer, came to Kaleida Health in April 2019 after spending 24 years at Rochester Regional Health (RRH).

At RRH, Nesselbush spent 24 years rising through the hospital system, beginning as the director of financial reporting and finishing as the executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of the $2.4 billion system.

As COO, he led the merger integration of four health systems in June 2014: Rochester General Health System, Unity Health System, Clifton Springs Health System and United Memorial Medical Center.

Rochester Regional has nearly 16,000 employees and consists of five acute hospitals (1,270 beds), including Rochester General Hospital, its 528-bed teaching hospital flagship.

The system has 1,670 physicians in a range of affiliation models, including nearly 800 employed physicians and another 1,450+ in Greater Rochester IPA (GRIPA), the clinically-integrated physician-hospital organization. RRH also operates over 900 skilled nursing facility beds, a 900+ member capitated PACE program (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) and a lab enterprise which is international in reach.

A big believer in the importance of cross-functional teams, Nesselbush worked closely with nursing and physician leadership throughout his tenure in Rochester to help improve outcomes, quality scores and to reposition their hospitals in the region.

One of the direct results was the "RRH Quality and Safety Institute (QSI)," which is focused on driving continuous quality and patient safety improvement. The structure and investment in the quality program led to Rochester General Hospital's recognition as one of HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals� (top 1% of hospitals in the nation).

A Western New York native, Nesselbush's achievements in his three decades in healthcare are many.

At RRH, he led the acquisition of over 80 physician practices accounting for over 200 providers; developed and invested in a physician and nursing informatics department focused on improving the electronic health record; and partnered with physician leadership in GRIPA to manage various payer risk contracts.

In addition to this, he also led the investment in an inpatient nurse certification and clinical ladder program to provide a vehicle for delivering enhanced compensation for premium nursing skills. He also supported RRH nursing in the pursuit and achievement of 10 Beacon Awards for Nursing Excellence.
In his time at Kaleida Health, Nesselbush has worked closely with operations and the executive management team to standardize strategic, financial and operating planning processes for the system. In addition to this, he spearheaded revenue cycle improvements, instituted a new payer governance structure, and implemented a new revenue recognition model.

Prior to serving as COO at RRH, he was the senior vice president of the health system's acute care division and the president of Rochester General Hospital (RGH).
RGH is a 528-bed acute-care facility with a medical and dental staff of 1,500 that provides services including emergency, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, neurosciences and vascular surgery. The hospital is home to a number of centers of excellence including the Lipson Cancer Institute and the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute.

In his role there, he was responsible for hospital clinical services lines including cardiovascular, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, emergency medicine and pediatrics at Rochester General Hospital and Newark Wayne Community Hospital.

His financial leadership positions include serving as the senior vice president and chief financial officer of RGH. Prior to that, he was the vice president of finance and corporate controller.

He is a graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts and completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on public accounting. Nesselbush began his career and spent five years as a senior accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Rochester.

Donald Boyd

Donald Boyd

President
Chief Operating Officer

Donald Boyd was named president and chief operating officer for Kaleida Health in February 2019. He most recently served as executive vice president for business development and affiliations.

Boyd was appointed senior vice president of business development for Kaleida Health in May of 2009. He 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.

Shannon Bryant

Shannon Bryant

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Shannon Bryant, LMHC, was named chief diversity and inclusion officer for Kaleida Health in November 2020.

Bryant joined Kaleida Health from Person Centered Services, a Care Coordination Organization (CCO) that connect individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the care, support and opportunities that maximize their quality of life. There, she served as director of learning, development and diversity and was responsible for creating and driving the company's diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.

Prior to that, Bryant was director of clinical care coordination at Evergreen Health where she oversaw care coordination services for the Health Home program.

In her role at Kaleida Health, Bryant is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the development, implementation and monitoring of diversity plans for Kaleida Health. In addition, she optimizes organizational culture by being a leading resource focused on ensuring Kaleida Health programs and activities are inclusive of all populations to reflect the patients and communities we serve.

Bryant also works with Kaleida Health's multidisciplinary, employee-driven Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) - Race, Diversity & Inclusion, Veterans, LGBTQ and Working Parents/Caregivers - and the system-wide Inclusion Council to bring important issues to Human Resources and the executive team to help drive strategic priorities and cultural transformation.

Bryant holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and master's degree in health counseling from Canisius College. She is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Leadership Buffalo graduate and board member of the Neighborhood Health Center of WNY as well as the YMCA Delaware Branch.

Matthew Drake

Matthew Drake

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Drake, MBA, CMA, FHFMA, was named executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for Kaleida Health in April 2022.

Drake served as the interim CFO since November 2021. He was recruited to Kaleida Health early in 2021 to serve as vice president and CFO for site financial operations. In this role, he led overall financial leadership for the various operating entities and divisions within Kaleida Health, working to ensure overall financial performance and operational targets. He also was responsible for developing and implementing the operational plan that drives the annual budget process.

He has also helped with financial education and leadership to Kaleida Health's hospital managers and directors, contributed financial expertise in strategic planning of current and new services and has been an integral member of the organization's growth committee.

In the CFO role, Drake will also lead strategy and growth initiatives for the organization.

Drake came to Kaleida Health from Rochester Regional Health, where he served as vice president of business development and network growth. As the business development leader of the $2.9 billion health system, Drake led efforts to expand the network of providers, hospitals, ambulatory destination campuses and urgent care centers.

He also led the planning and implementation of five ambulatory destination campuses; business planning process for a 3-hospital health system acquisition; and acquisition of 80 practices, representing 140 physicians and 86 advanced practice providers.

Previous roles at Rochester Regional Health included: vice president of accountable care, Greater Rochester IPA (GRIPA); director of finance, population health and business planning; director of financial planning and decision support; manager of financial systems, planning and decision support; and project and cost manager. Prior to joining Rochester Regional Health, Drake was a revenue management analyst at Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Rochester.

Drake has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Alfred University. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA), and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

David Hughes, MD

David P. Hughes, MD

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships

David P. Hughes, MD, MPH, was named executive vice president, strategy and partnerships in September 2021. In this role, Dr. Hughes focuses on strategy and relationships, especially as Kaleida Health improves its population health footprint as well as pursues vertical integration opportunities with healthcare partners.

 

Dr. Hughes will continue to oversee Great Lakes Health Integrated Network, Optimum Physician Alliance and be the primary physician liaison with ECMC, UBMD as well as General Physician, PC (GPPC).

He previously served as executive vice president and chief medical officer for Kaleida Health since June 2014. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president and chief clinical integration officer for Kaleida Health.

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.

Jamie Nadler, MD

Jamie Nadler, MD

Chief Quality Officer
Kaleida Health

Jamie Nadler, MD, was named chief quality officer for Kaleida Health in March 2022.

Dr. Nadler leads quality and patient safety for the entire organization as well as ensures continuous quality of care, patient satisfaction and compliance with various accrediting organizations and regulatory bodies.

In addition, he leads the development and implementation of quality/safety programs, policies, practices and protocols; oversees and facilitates clinical improvement projects; maintains the Kaleida Health Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Plan; and formulates organization-wide strategies to address emerging safety concerns in conjunction with risk management, medical staff leadership and other key stakeholders at all sites and across the continuum of care.

Dr. Nadler, a pulmonary and critical care medicine specialist and assistant professor of medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, previously served as medical director of quality and patient safety for Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute.

Michael P. Hughes

Michael P. Hughes

Senior Vice President
Chief Administrative Officer

Mike is Senior Vice President and the Chief Administrative Officer for Kaleida Health, Western New York State's largest employer ($2 billion & 13,000 employees). Recruited in 2004 as a director, he has elevated through the ranks and is now the senior executive responsible for all of the hospital system's external affairs. This includes business development, fundraising, marketing, communications, government relations, corporate planning, real estate and construction. In this role, he also leads CEO and executive team communications, policy and strategy and serves as a key advisor to the organization's Board of Directors.

Active in the community, Mike has been named one of Western New York's most influential leaders, ranking annually in Business First's Power 250 list. In 2008, he was appointed by the State of New York to the board of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, becoming the youngest Commissioner in the history of the authority. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board and chairs the authority's Surface Transportation Committee.

In 2021, Mike was a key member of the 11 Day Power Play team that broke the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous ice hockey game at 252 hours. The event raised $2 million for local charities like Oishei Children's Hospital and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

Hughes' community service also includes the Board of Directors for Buffalo Place, Inc. (NFTA representative & chair of marketing committee) and the Town of West Seneca Zoning Board of Appeals. He is also a member of the public policy council for the Amherst Chamber of Commerce as well as Medaille College's advisory board for their Department of Business, Management & Leadership.

In 2019, Hughes was named the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year," in recognition of his 20+ years of volunteer work and community service.

In 2018, Mike was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America, winning its highest national award - the prestigious "Silver Anvil" - for his integrated marketing and communications campaign around the relocation, rebranding and grand opening of the former Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (now Oishei Children's Hospital).

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. In that role, he oversaw all external affairs in upstate New York. He also was the statewide public information officer for Rural/Metro's nationally recognized Disaster Response Team, including serving a weeklong stint in New York City at the World Trade Center on and through 9/11.

Hughes has previously served on boards/committees with Mercy Flight, Buffalo Police Athletic League, Canisius College Board of Regents, Bishop Timon/St. Jude High School, Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers, Buffalo Niagara Partnership Government Relations Committee, Canisius College Government Relations Advisory Board, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Government Affairs Work Council and the Buffalo F.B.I' s Citizen Academy Foundation.

Other awards Mike has won include the National Federation For Just Communities "Community Leader" (2017), the "Outstanding Practitioner" from the Public Relations Society of America Western New York Chapter (2016), Canisius College's "Marilyn Watt Alumni Award" winner (2010) and Business First of Buffalo's "40 Under 40."

Hughes completed Harvard Business School's executive program in Cambridge, Massachusetts concentrating on health care management. He earned a master's of business administration degree (MBA) from Medaille College as well as bachelors in Communication from Canisius College.

He and his wife Kimberly (a teacher in Frontier Schools as well as Orchard Park Schools Board member) have two children, Emma and Owen.

Michael P. Hughes

Thomas Hull

Senior Vice President
Chief Information Officer

Thomas Hull was named senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for Kaleida Health in January 2022.

Hull was serving as the interim CIO since February 2021.

A 30-year leader veteran of information technology, Hull joined Kaleida Health as chief technology officer (CTO) after serving as CTO for CUNY, the City University of New York. He was recruited to the organization to help bring depth and bench strength to our IT team.

He has experience as a CIO and IT leader over the years in healthcare, higher education and academic medical center environments. This includes with CUNY, VCU Health, USF Health and Moffitt Cancer Center (Florida) and Pace New York Medical.

Hull has his Bachelor of Arts in computer information science from State University of New York at Potsdam and a Master of Science in computer engineering from Syracuse University. He is pursuing a Doctorate of Professional Studies (DPS) in computer science and information technology at Pace University.

Kenneth Snyder, MD, PhD

Kenneth Snyder, MD, PhD

Chief Physician Quality Officer
Kaleida Health

Kenneth Snyder, MD, PhD, is chief physician quality officer for Kaleida Health.

In this role, Dr. Snyder oversees physician quality and leads Kaleida Health's Quality & Patient Safety Institute, an organization-wide commitment and shared ownership of patient and employee safety, health and wellness. The goal of the Quality & Patient Safety Institute is to create a path to zero harm while strengthening our quality performance, driving excellence in quality and safety across the system, and being the leader in equitable delivery of care and wellness.

Prior to this role, Dr. Snyder served as physician advisor, process improvement at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, and is an assistant professor of neurosurgery, radiology, and neurology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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.

Buffalo General Medical Center Administration

Michael Mineo, MD

Michael Mineo, MD, FACEP, MMM

Chief Medical Officer, Buffalo General Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park

Dr. Mineo was appointed chief medical officer of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park in September 2021. In this role, he leads physician leadership and day-to-day medical affairs at Buffalo General Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital as well as DeGraff Medical Park.

Dr. Mineo previously served as chief medical officer of DeGraff and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals since 2019. Prior to that, he was senior physician for UBMD Emergency Medicine Community Division and the Patient Safety and Quality Medical Officer for Suburban and DeGraff Hospitals.

A resident of Buffalo, Dr. Mineo received his Bachelor of Science from Canisius College. He is a graduate of University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he completed residency in Emergency Medicine. He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and holds a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

He serves as an assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB.

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

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

Chief Nursing and Chief Operations Officer

Dianne Charsha, RN, DrNP, FACHE, NEA-BC, NNP-BC, was named chief nursing and chief operations officer for Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI) in January 2020. She previously served as the chief nurse and clinical operations officer at Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) since October 2016.

Charsha oversees hospital operations, develop and implement clinical practice guidelines and quality indicators, plus oversee nursing strategies and policies, all with a focus on delivering the highest quality care to our patients.

In her role at OCH, Dianne was integral at leading the clinical team in the move of patients into the new John R Oishei Children's Hospital. With the site leadership, she developed new processes and policies to ensure the best care and staffing for the departments in a new location, improving the care at the bedside, and keeping our focus on key quality outcomes for patients, all of which resulted in recognition as a top quality children's hospital. In 2019, Charsha supported the nursing team at OCH with their interests in clinical certification — with more than 40 nurses successfully earning and advanced certification.

Prior to coming to Buffalo, Charsha 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 has also 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.

Barbara Kuppe, MD

Barbara Kuppel, MS, BSN, RN, CPHQ

Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer

The Quality and Patient Safety Program exists to promote the delivery of excellence in the provision of care by leading system-wide approaches that support: evidenced-based best practices, culture of safety, regulatory compliance, accreditation, processes, and policies that lead to improved clinical outcomes.

Barbara Kuppel, MS, BSN, RN, CPHQ has been with Kaleida Health for 29 years; 25 years at Oishei Children's Hospital as a staff nurse, Clinical Nurse Educator, Nurse Supervisor and Nurse Manager. She also worked with Risk Management as a Regulatory Compliance Specialist and has spent the last three years leading the Quality and Infection Prevention Teams at BGMC/GVI.

Barb graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University at Buffalo School of Nursing and received a Masters degree in Health Services Administration from D'Youville College. She is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and was named Nurse of Distinction for BGMC/GVI in 2018.

DeGraff Medical Park Administration

Judy Baumgartner

Judy Baumgartner

President

Baumgartner was appointed president of DeGraff Medical Park and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in August 2020.

She has been with Kaleida Health for nearly 30 years, most recently serving as the president of the Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) of Western New York.

Baumgartner began her career as a staff accountant with the Children's Hospital of Buffalo in 1992. She later served as the director of operations and the director of reimbursement at Children's Hospital Home Care. Judy joined the VNA in 1998 and served as director of finance before being promoted to chief operating officer in 1998 and then president in 2010.

During her time with the VNA, Baumgartner led the organization through a remarkable transformation with record growth, numerous national quality and patient satisfaction achievements, relocation to a new headquarters plus geographical expansion across Western New York and into Pennsylvania. In addition to this, she also had corporate oversight of the Kaleida Health Laboratories as well as the organization's inpatient and outpatient pharmacy programs.

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.

Michael Mineo, MD

Michael Mineo, MD, FACEP, MMM

Chief Medical Officer, Buffalo General Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park

Dr. Mineo was appointed chief medical officer of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park in September 2021. In this role, he leads physician leadership and day-to-day medical affairs at Buffalo General Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital as well as DeGraff Medical Park.

Dr. Mineo previously served as chief medical officer of DeGraff and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals since 2019. Prior to that, he was senior physician for UBMD Emergency Medicine Community Division and the Patient Safety and Quality Medical Officer for Suburban and DeGraff Hospitals.

A resident of Buffalo, Dr. Mineo received his Bachelor of Science from Canisius College. He is a graduate of University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he completed residency in Emergency Medicine. He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and holds a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

He serves as an assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB.

David J. DiBacco

David J. DiBacco

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

David J. DiBacco was named chief operating officer (COO) for Kaleida Health’s northtowns facilities which include Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park.

DiBacco joined Kaleida Health in August 2018 and brings more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry into his new role. DiBacco has served as the interim Chief Executive Officer at Eastern Niagara Hospital (ENH) since May 2018 and previously held the COO position there since 2004. Prior to joining ENH, he served in senior leadership and operations positions at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Mt. St. Mary's Hospital.

A resident of Lewiston, DiBacco holds two bachelor’s degrees from Niagara University, one in accounting and one in business/commerce. He is active in the Niagara County community, volunteering his time with various community, business and sports organizations.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Chief Nursing Officer
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park

Pamela Anderson, MHA, BS, RN, is chief nursing officer (CNO) for DeGraff Medical Park (DMP) and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH).

Anderson oversees the day-to-day nursing operations for the two sites.  She also implements nursing strategies and corporate policies, nursing practice guidelines and quality indicators, all with an emphasis on delivering quality care that exceeds the expectations of patients and their families in our community.

Anderson joined Kaleida Health in 2016 and served as director of hospital relations and patient experience for DeGraff and Suburban before taking on the interim CNO position. Prior to that, she held roles of director of Oncology Infusion Services for Kaleida Health and manager of Infusion at DMP and MFSH.

Anderson earned a Master of Science in Health Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2019. She also holds an associate degree from Mercy School of Nursing in Pittsburg, PA and a bachelor's degree from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Administration

Judy Baumgartner

Judy Baumgartner

President

Baumgartner was appointed president of DeGraff Medical Park and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in August 2020.

She has been with Kaleida Health for nearly 30 years, most recently serving as the president of the Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) of Western New York.

Baumgartner began her career as a staff accountant with the Children's Hospital of Buffalo in 1992. She later served as the director of operations and the director of reimbursement at Children's Hospital Home Care. Judy joined the VNA in 1998 and served as director of finance before being promoted to chief operating officer in 1998 and then president in 2010.

During her time with the VNA, Baumgartner led the organization through a remarkable transformation with record growth, numerous national quality and patient satisfaction achievements, relocation to a new headquarters plus geographical expansion across Western New York and into Pennsylvania. In addition to this, she also had corporate oversight of the Kaleida Health Laboratories as well as the organization's inpatient and outpatient pharmacy programs.

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.

Michael Mineo, MD

Michael Mineo, MD, FACEP, MMM

Chief Medical Officer, Buffalo General Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park

Dr. Mineo was appointed chief medical officer of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park in September 2021. In this role, he leads physician leadership and day-to-day medical affairs at Buffalo General Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital as well as DeGraff Medical Park.

Dr. Mineo previously served as chief medical officer of DeGraff and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals since 2019. Prior to that, he was senior physician for UBMD Emergency Medicine Community Division and the Patient Safety and Quality Medical Officer for Suburban and DeGraff Hospitals.

A resident of Buffalo, Dr. Mineo received his Bachelor of Science from Canisius College. He is a graduate of University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he completed residency in Emergency Medicine. He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and holds a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

He serves as an assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB.

David J. DiBacco

David J. DiBacco

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

David J. DiBacco was named chief operating officer (COO) for Kaleida Health’s northtowns facilities which include Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park.

DiBacco joined Kaleida Health in August 2018 and brings more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry into his new role. DiBacco has served as the interim Chief Executive Officer at Eastern Niagara Hospital (ENH) since May 2018 and previously held the COO position there since 2004. Prior to joining ENH, he served in senior leadership and operations positions at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Mt. St. Mary's Hospital.

A resident of Lewiston, DiBacco holds two bachelor’s degrees from Niagara University, one in accounting and one in business/commerce. He is active in the Niagara County community, volunteering his time with various community, business and sports organizations.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Chief Nursing Officer
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park

Pamela Anderson, MHA, BS, RN, is chief nursing officer (CNO) for DeGraff Medical Park (DMP) and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH).

Anderson oversees the day-to-day nursing operations for the two sites.  She also implements nursing strategies and corporate policies, nursing practice guidelines and quality indicators, all with an emphasis on delivering quality care that exceeds the expectations of patients and their families in our community.

Anderson joined Kaleida Health in 2016 and served as director of hospital relations and patient experience for DeGraff and Suburban before taking on the interim CNO position. Prior to that, she held roles of director of Oncology Infusion Services for Kaleida Health and manager of Infusion at DMP and MFSH.

Anderson earned a Master of Science in Health Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2019. She also holds an associate degree from Mercy School of Nursing in Pittsburg, PA and a bachelor's degree from Roberts Wesleyan College.

John R. Oishei Children's Hospital Administration

Allegra C. Jaros, MBA

Allegra C. Jaros

President

Allegra C. Jaros currently serves as president of the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital which relocated from Bryant Street to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in November 2017. She was initially appointed president in May 2014 after serving as chief operating officer at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

Oishei Children's Hospital is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric trauma, surgical and medical care, including neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services. It is the only access point for pediatric critical care as the region's only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Oishei Children's Hospital also serves as the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Western New York. The hospital enjoys a worldwide reputation for innovation and research and also provides highly specialized care and treatment through an array of outpatient services.

Allegra leads one of only 43 freestanding hospitals in the United States and the only freestanding children's hospital in New York State. In addition to planning and executing the historic and successful move that saw 125 patients transferred from Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to Oishei Children's Hospital in 2017, Allegra has been instrumental in the evolution of the hospital's operational and business development strategies, resulting in physician recruitment, improvements in quality care delivery, the overall experience for patients, physicians and staff, successful clinical outcomes as well as increased market share and revenue generation.

Allegra is responsible for managing daily hospital operations, including clinical, ancillary and support services, community physician relations, all off-site pediatric and obstetric primary clinics, adherence to all regulatory requirements to maintain the Pediatric Level I Trauma program, the Regional Perinatal Center of WNY and the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Allegra serves on the boards of the Health Care Association of New York State (HANYS), Children's Hospital Association Finance Committee, New York State Millennium Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) and UNYTS (Upstate New York Transplant Services). She earned a BS in finance and MBA, with an emphasis on healthcare, from Canisius College. She has been named to Buffalo Business First's Power 250, Healthcare 50 and 40 Under 40 lists in recent years.

A Western New York native, Allegra resides in Williamsville, NY with her husband and two children.

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Oishei Children's Hospital and Maternal & Child Health

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD, was named chief medical officer, Oishei Children's Hospital and Maternal & Child Health in September 2021. In this role, he leads Oishei Children's Hospital's day-to-day medical affairs and physician leaders, as well as its associated ambulatory enterprise to promote growth of service lines and, in particular, its relationship with physicians at UB and in the community.

Dr. Turkovich previously served as vice president and chief medical officer at Oishei Children's Hospital since July 2014. Prior to that, he was quality and patient safety officer and the co-medical director of the newborn nursery.

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, 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

Cassandra Church, MSN, RNC-NIC, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer

Cassandra "Cassie" Church, MSN, RNC-NIC, NEA-BC, was named the chief nursing officer for Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) in January 2020. In this role, Church will develop and implement nursing strategy and policies to ensure quality patient care. With the site leadership team, she will oversee the integration of the care delivery system at the site so that patient care needs are met with the highest standard.

Church joined OCH in 2016 to oversee the clinical training and education of the move of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to the new Ellicott Street location, having previously led two other moves of children's services into new locations. In 2019, she accepted the permanent role as the senior director for nursing at OCH responsible for overseeing care provided in the NICU, respiratory therapy for the campus and women's services, with more than 500 clinical nurses, respiratory therapists and neonatal providers on her team.

A certified NICU nurse, Church holds a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on Healthcare Systems Management from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina State University.

Prior to coming to Buffalo, she served as senior director of nursing at Inova Fairfax Children's Hospital, a 226-bed pediatric hospital within the Inova Virginia system. In this role, she had responsibility for the patient safety, quality, and affordability of care, with oversight of more than 500 clinical nurses.

Trevino, PhD, RN

Pamela Trevino, PhD, RN

Chief Quality and Safety Officer

Pamela Trevino, PhD, RN, was named Chief Quality and Safety Officer for Oishei Children's Hospital in April 2018.

In her new role, Trevino is responsible for implementing unique and varied initiatives aimed at improving patient care quality, leading continuous improvement programs and engaging leaders and care providers to make the necessary changes to promote a safer environment for the patients, staff and visitors at Oishei Children's Hospital.

Trevino has over 20 years of pediatric nursing experience in settings across the US, and has a passion for improving patient care and health outcomes. Trevino was most recently the Clinical Risk Management, Patient Safety, and Quality Improvement Director at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, AR. She has been involved with multiple large, pediatric quality and patient safety collaboratives and is currently a national subject matter expert on event classification and cause analysis for the Children's Hospital's Solutions for Patient Safety and a member of the Child Health PSO Patient Safety Team.

She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN and her Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School in Little Rock, AR.

Jessica Mabie, MHA

Jessica Mabie, MHA

Vice President of Hospital Operations

Jessica Mabie, MHA, was promoted to vice president of hospital operations at Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) in October 2021.

Jessica Mabie, MHA, was promoted to vice president of hospital operations at Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) in October 2021. In this role, Jessica is responsible for supporting the development and operationalization of strategic and operational initiatives for OCH and our service lines, and will continue with direct oversite of ambulatory surgical and medical centers, EVS, dietary, facilities and linen.

Previously, Jessica served as senior director of hospital operations for OCH, as well as director of strategic planning and implementation. She played a vital role as project director in the relocation of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, planning and coordinating every detail of the $272 million move.

Prior to joining Kaleida Health in 2015, Jessica served as director of the orthopedic service line at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System where she led hospital-based orthopedic administrators toward the continual building of a cohesive and comprehensive service line across 12 hospitals, and cultivated the development of an Orthopedic Institute within a comprehensive product line.

Jessica received a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Services with Distinction from the University at Buffalo and went on to receive a master's degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Lisa Greisler, RN

Lisa Greisler, BSN, RN

President

Lisa Greisler was appointed president of the VNA in August 2020. Greisler most recently served as the vice president, chief operating officer of the VNA since 2013. Prior to that role, she served as the lead clinical manager of the VNA since 1996.

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

Sarah Sweeney

Sarah Sweeney, MSPT

Senior Director of Clinical Operations

Sarah Sweeney was named senior director of clinical operations for the VNA in August 2020. In this role, Sweeney will be responsible for the clinical and operational direction for nursing, rehabilitation, home health and other services. In addition, she will provide oversight for overall VNA operating functions with particular focus on analysis and synthesis of data trends to forecast and support strategic business direction. Prior to this role Sweeney served as director of clinical operations for the Erie County branch of the VNA.

Sweeney joined the VNA in 2007 as a physical therapist and has held other roles as rehab therapy coordinator and rehab manager during her tenure at the VNA. Prior to joining the VNA, she worked at Univera Home Care and Excelsior Orthopedics. She has a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from D'Youville College.

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