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Kaleida Health
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100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Administration

Kaleida Health Board of Directors 2015 2016

Nicholas J. Aquino, M.D.
Amy Clifton
Frank Curci
Evan Evans, M.D.
Kevin Gibbons, M.D.
Christopher T. Greene, Esq.
Darren J. King
John R. Koelmel (CHAIR)
Jody L. Lomeo
William J. Maggio, Jr.
George E. Matthews, M.D.
David A. Milling, M.D.
Christopher Ross
Mary Lou Rusin, RN EdD
Francisco M. Vasquez, Ph.D.


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Kaleida Health Administration

Jody L Lomeo

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

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 the organization.

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.

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.

Donald Boyd

Donald Boyd

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, MBA, MHA

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 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).

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

Cheryl Klass

Cheryl Klass

President
Vice President, Kaleida Health

Cheryl Klass currently serves as vice president, Kaleida Health and president, Buffalo General Medical Center.

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 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.

Jeffrey Holt

Jeffrey Holt

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Center and Surgical Services

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.

Lisa Schmidt

Lisa Schmidt

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Core Services

Lisa Schmidt was named chief operating officer, Core Services, 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."

Vi-Anne Antrum

Vi-Anne Antrum

Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Vi-Anne Antrum, RN, FACHE, was named vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) for Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) in June 2014.

As CNO at BGMC, Antrum will oversee 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. 

Antrum previously served as the assistant director of nursing at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). In that role, she was responsible for operations, oversight and quality of nursing care for inpatient units, including nursing care coordinators, transport team, float pools and more. In her 10 years at ECMC, Antrum also served as the manager of inpatient hemodialysis, the vascular access center and IV team, as well as nursing care coordinator.

Antrum’s 24 years of nursing experience also includes time as the manager of the non-invasive cardiology unit at Sisters Hospital of Buffalo as well as the nursing supervisor at DeGraff Memorial Hospital.

A dual master’s graduate in business administration/nursing (MBA/MSN) from the University of Phoenix, she resides in Amherst. Antrum received her bachelor’s in nursing (BSN) from Daemen College and associates in nursing (AAS) from Onondaga Community College. She recently completed Harvard University’s executive education program “Managing Healthcare Delivery.”

Antrum is very active in professional nursing. She currently serves as president of the Academy of Med-Surg Nurses Buffalo Chapter, president of the Healthcare Executive Forum and is a member of the nominating committee for the Western New York Professional Nurses Association.

DeGraff Memorial Hospital Administration

Christopher Lane

Christopher Lane

President
Vice President, Kaleida Health

When Chris Lane was named vice president of Kaleida Health and president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in January of 2007, he wasted no time in instituting his strong beliefs in team building, accountability, employee and physician engagement, and a deep commitment to exemplary customer service. In January 2012, Lane 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.

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.

Diane Lobdell, MSN, RN

Diane Lobdell

Chief Nursing Officer

Diane Lobdell, MSN, RN, was named vice president and chief nursing officer for Millard Fillmore Suburban and DeGraff Memorial Hospitals in March 2015. In her role, Lobdell will oversee 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.

Lobdell, who has spent her entire career with Kaleida Health and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH), most recently served as the interim chief nursing officer and director of perioperative services at MFSH.

Throughout her career, Lobdell oversaw various nursing units. She was instrumental in opening the new orthopedic unit in 2008 and obtaining Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center designation for Knee and Hip Replacement at Suburban. In addition, Lobdell has helped grow the hospital's surgical services line that now includes 13 surgical suites, pre-admission testing, recovery, ambulatory surgery, GI and urology.

Lobdell holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Executive Leadership from Daemen College.

Mary Brown

Mary Brown

Director of Nursing/Quality/Patient Safety

Mary Brown was named director of nursing/quality/patient safety in December 2011 after serving as director of quality.

Brown began her career with Kaleida Health at DeGraff Memorial Hospital as a nurses' aide in 1969. She has held various positions including staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical educator, clinical nurse specialist, and department manager. Brown has an emanating passion for nursing and is always enthusiastic to share her vast knowledge and experience with others.

Brown resides in Pendleton. She is an active member of St. John's Church in Lockport, board member of the NY Alliance for Donation, past member of Starpoint School Board of Education and Unyts volunteer.

Brown was named DeGraff Hospital Nurse of Distinction in 2003, and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. She has earned licensure as an RN, MSN, and NP certification in Adult Health. She is also a certified professional in healthcare quality.

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Administration

Christopher Lane

Christopher Lane

President
Vice President, Kaleida Health

When Chris Lane was named vice president of Kaleida Health and president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in January of 2007, he wasted no time in instituting his strong beliefs in team building, accountability, employee and physician engagement, and a deep commitment to exemplary customer service. In January 2012, Lane 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.

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.

Diane Lobdell, MSN, RN

Diane Lobdell

Chief Nursing Officer

Diane Lobdell, MSN, RN, was named vice president and chief nursing officer for Millard Fillmore Suburban and DeGraff Memorial Hospitals in March 2015. In her role, Lobdell will oversee 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.

Lobdell, who has spent her entire career with Kaleida Health and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH), most recently served as the interim chief nursing officer and director of perioperative services at MFSH.

Throughout her career, Lobdell oversaw various nursing units. She was instrumental in opening the new orthopedic unit in 2008 and obtaining Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center designation for Knee and Hip Replacement at Suburban. In addition, Lobdell has helped grow the hospital's surgical services line that now includes 13 surgical suites, pre-admission testing, recovery, ambulatory surgery, GI and urology.

Lobdell holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Executive Leadership from Daemen College.

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.

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.