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Administration

Kaleida Health Board of Directors 2019-2020

Nicholas J. Aquino, MD
Michael Beecher, MD
Lorrie A. Clemo, PhD
Gary M. Crosby
Frank Curci, Chair
Abeer Eddib, MD
William J. Hochul, Jr.
Muhammed Javed, MD
Jody L. Lomeo
William J. Maggio, Jr.
George E. Matthews, MD
Timothy G. McEvoy, Esq.
David A. Milling, MD
Paul O'Leary
Christopher Ross
Mary Lou Rusin, RN EdD
Francisco M. Vasquez, PhD


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Kaleida Health Administration

Jody L Lomeo

Jody L. Lomeo

President and CEO
Kaleida Health & Great Lakes Health System of WNY

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 attended Fordham University before graduating from the State University at Buffalo (SUNY - UB). Jody and his wife Mary live in Clarence, New York with their three boys John, Vinny and Joe.

Donald Boyd

Donald Boyd

Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer

Donald Boyd was named executive vice 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.

Robert Nesselbush

Robert Nesselbush

Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

Nesselbush, a senior-level financial and healthcare leader, joined Kaleida Health in April 2019 from Rochester Regional Health. At Rochester Regional Health, he 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).

Throughout his two decades in Rochester he built employee-friendly operational and financial systems that helped front line staff focus on what’s most important – the patients in their care.

Nesselbush was a key part of the executive leadership team that founded Rochester Regional Health in 2014. Combining the Rochester General and the Unity Health systems, the network now includes five hospitals, 87 ambulatory locations, eight senior living facilities, 16,000 employees and 2,500 physicians.

His financial leadership positions include serving as the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Rochester General Hospital. Prior to that, he was the vice president of finance and corporate controller. Nesselbush spent the past five years as the chief operating officer at Rochester Regional. Before that, he was the senior vice president of the health system’s acute care division and the president of Rochester General Hospital.

Nesselbush and his wife Marlene are Western New York natives, having grown up in West Seneca. He is a graduate of Bucknell University with a bachelor of arts and completed his master’s in 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.

Robert Diamond

Robert Diamond

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Diamond will provide leadership for Kaleida Health’s information technology (IT) team, overseeing strategic and tactical planning, plus development and coordination of the IT platform. He will also help lead the IT related integration for Great Lakes Health, including ECMC and our affiliate partners.

Highlighting that work will be the Great Lakes Integrated Medical Record (GLIMR) project. Diamond will continue to move that initiative forward, optimizing Kaleida Health’s existing electronic medical record (EMR) while expanding the EMR to be used across other Great Lakes Health entities.

Diamond joins Kaleida Health from Nuvance Health in Lagrangeville, NY, where he served as senior vice president and chief information officer. With nearly 15,000 employees and an annual revenue of $3 billion, Nuvance Health includes seven hospitals, two multi-physician medical practices, sub-acute providers, medical school affiliations, and multiple residency programs.

While at Nuvance Health, Diamond oversaw the organization’s $170+ million Cerner implementation project that consolidated multiple health information and subsystems over to a standardized Cerner Millennium instance.

Prior to his tenure at Nuvance Health, Diamond served for 11 years as senior vice president and chief information officer at Health Quest Systems Inc., a predecessor hospital system in Dutchess County that became part of Nuvance Health.

Diamond received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the New York State University at New Paltz and his Master of Health Administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), Health Information Managers Society (HIMSS), Health Facilities Managers Association (HFMA), and College of Healthcare Management Executives (CHIME).

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

Chief of Staff

Mike is the Chief of Staff for Kaleida Health, Western New York’s largest employer and largest provider of health care services. 

Recruited to Kaleida Health in 2004, he is responsible for the hospital system’s external affairs including marketing, communications, and government affairs. He also oversees business development as well as campus development, construction, real estate, planning and parking.

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.  Hughes also serves on the Board of Directors for Buffalo Place (chair of marketing committee), the Buffalo Police Athletic League, Mercy Flight and the West Seneca Zoning Board of Appeals.

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.  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.”

In 2018, Hughes was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America, winning its highest award – the prestigious and nationally recognized “Silver Anvil” – for his integrated communications campaign around the relocation, rebranding and grand opening of the former Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (now Oishei Children’s Hospital).

Hughes has been named a National Federation For Just Communities “Community Leader” (2017) and the “Outstanding Practitioner” from the Public Relations Society of America Western New York Chapter (2016).  In 2010, the Communication Studies Department at Canisius College named him the “Marilyn G.S. Watt Alumni Award” winner, which is presented annually to a notable alumnus from the Communication program. In 2005, Hughes was named a Business First “40 Under 40” award winner. 

He is also a graduate of Leadership Buffalo (2002) and the Buffalo FBI’s Citizen’s Academy (2003). In addition to this, he has won numerous awards from International MarCom, the Healthcare Marketing Report and the Western New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

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.

Cheryl Klass

Cheryl Klass

Executive Vice President
Chief Nurse 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

Executive Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer

Mary Lou Klee was named executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Kaleida Health in October 2019.

Klee has been with Kaleida Health since 2006, when she joined the organization as a corporate recruiter. She was later promoted to director of corporate employment and then served as vice president, overseeing everything from corporate recruitment to integration issues with our affiliations.

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.

Buffalo General Medical Center Administration

Christopher Lane

Christopher Lane

President

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.

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.

David Pierce, MD, FACEP

David Pierce, MD, FACEP

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

David Pierce, MD, FACEP, serves as the direct, on-site medical administration to facilitate Kaleida Health's patient experience and quality of care initiatives.

A resident of Williamsville, Dr. Pierce received his Bachelor of Science from the SUNY at Fredonia, finished his medical training at New York Medical College, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. In 2018, he graduated with a Master's degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University. A practicing emergency medicine physician, he is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Pierce, who will continue to practice clinically in the emergency department at BGMC/GVI, has held positions as the UB medical student clerkship director, UBMD attending physician in emergency medicine at ECMC and BGMC, adjunct teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Macy Institute, and assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at UB.

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 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).

Michael Mineo, MD

Michael Mineo, MD

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

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 practicing emergency medicine physician, Board Certified and holds a Master's Degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Mineo, senior physician for UBMD Emergency Medicine Community Division, currently serves as the Patient Safety and Quality Medical Officer for Suburban and DeGraff Hospitals.

He was appointed Director of Emergency Medicine at Suburban Hospital in 2015 and 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, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, and Eastern Niagara Hospital (ENH).

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 ENH since May 2018 and previously held the COO position there since 2004. Prior to joining ENH, he has 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. 

Rob Swann

Rob Swann

Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital

Rob Swann, MHA, BSN, RN, was named vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) for Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital in January 2018.

Swann joined Kaleida Health in 2015 and brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience to this role, most recently serving as the senior director of neuroscience/stroke, critical care and emergency services at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI). In that role, he led physician engagement, strategic planning and service line oversight, nursing operations, clinical excellence and facilitated program growth and development.

As CNO, Swann will be responsible for day-to-day nursing operations, developing and implementing 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.

He began his healthcare career as an emergency department technician and has held a variety of direct patient care positions such as staff nurse and charge nurse. He has continually added to his broad range of leadership experience managing and directing high acuity service lines in hospitals in Buffalo and Boston, Massachusetts. In addition Swann has held senior level positions in healthcare technology companies based in Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois.

Swann is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Swann received his Associate of Applied Science in nursing from Trocaire College, his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Master in Healthcare Administration from Framingham University in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Program.

Ryan Langston

Ryan Langston

Chief Financial Officer, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital

Ryan Langston was named Chief Financial Officer for DeGraff Memorial and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals in October 2018.

Langston provides financial guidance and analysis for decision making that involves strategic planning, service line growth, revenue generation and cost containment for the two hospitals.

Langston spent two years in the Finance Department as manager of Budget & Decision Support where he provided oversight to the analytics and finance team at Kaleida Health. He is credited with the development and implementation of budgeting improvements, creating streamlined efficiencies in financial reporting and teaching Finance and Budgeting classes to all levels of management throughout Kaleida Health.

Langston holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Canisius College. He is currently pursuing a second Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Canisius College in Professional Accounting.

A resident of Buffalo, he has sat on the Board of Directors for the Canisius MBA Alumni Association for the past several years.

Emily Vezinan

Emily Vezina

Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for DeGraff Memorial and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Emily Vezina, MS, RN was named Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for DeGraff Memorial and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals in March 2019.

Vezina is responsible for planning, coordinating and integrating quality and patient safety at the site level. She collaborates with leadership and frontline staff to ensure continuous quality care, patient satisfaction and compliance with accrediting and compliance organizations.

Vezina most recently held the role of manager of Hospital Relations at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She joined Kaleida Health in 2018 coming from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center There she managed clinical staff and daily operations in multiple perioperative services areas. She specialized in developing the advanced endoscopy and interventional pulmonary programs, creating high nurse and patient satisfaction, and increasing productivity while focusing on improving quality and patient and staff safety

Vezina earned bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies and Nursing, and a master’s degree in Nursing Leadership, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She holds Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support and Oncology Nurse Certifications.

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).

Michael Mineo, MD

Michael Mineo, MD

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

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 practicing emergency medicine physician, Board Certified and holds a Master's Degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Mineo, senior physician for UBMD Emergency Medicine Community Division, currently serves as the Patient Safety and Quality Medical Officer for Suburban and DeGraff Hospitals.

He was appointed Director of Emergency Medicine at Suburban Hospital in 2015 and 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, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, and Eastern Niagara Hospital (ENH).

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 ENH since May 2018 and previously held the COO position there since 2004. Prior to joining ENH, he has 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. 

Rob Swann

Rob Swann

Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital

Rob Swann, MHA, BSN, RN, was named vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) for Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital in January 2018.

Swann joined Kaleida Health in 2015 and brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience to this role, most recently serving as the senior director of neuroscience/stroke, critical care and emergency services at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI). In that role, he led physician engagement, strategic planning and service line oversight, nursing operations, clinical excellence and facilitated program growth and development.

As CNO, Swann will be responsible for day-to-day nursing operations, developing and implementing 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.

He began his healthcare career as an emergency department technician and has held a variety of direct patient care positions such as staff nurse and charge nurse. He has continually added to his broad range of leadership experience managing and directing high acuity service lines in hospitals in Buffalo and Boston, Massachusetts. In addition Swann has held senior level positions in healthcare technology companies based in Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois.

Swann is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Swann received his Associate of Applied Science in nursing from Trocaire College, his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Master in Healthcare Administration from Framingham University in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Program.

Ryan Langstonn

Ryan Langston

Chief Financial Officer, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital

Ryan Langston was named Chief Financial Officer for DeGraff Memorial and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals in October 2018.

Langston provides financial guidance and analysis for decision making that involves strategic planning, service line growth, revenue generation and cost containment for the two hospitals.

Langston spent two years in the Finance Department as manager of Budget & Decision Support where he provided oversight to the analytics and finance team at Kaleida Health. He is credited with the development and implementation of budgeting improvements, creating streamlined efficiencies in financial reporting and teaching Finance and Budgeting classes to all levels of management throughout Kaleida Health.

Langston holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Canisius College. He is currently pursuing a second Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Canisius College in Professional Accounting.

A resident of Buffalo, he has sat on the Board of Directors for the Canisius MBA Alumni Association for the past several years.

Emily Vezinan

Emily Vezina

Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for DeGraff Memorial and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Emily Vezina, MS, RN was named Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for DeGraff Memorial and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals in March 2019.

Vezina is responsible for planning, coordinating and integrating quality and patient safety at the site level. She collaborates with leadership and frontline staff to ensure continuous quality care, patient satisfaction and compliance with accrediting and compliance organizations.

Vezina most recently held the role of manager of Hospital Relations at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She joined Kaleida Health in 2018 coming from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center There she managed clinical staff and daily operations in multiple perioperative services areas. She specialized in developing the advanced endoscopy and interventional pulmonary programs, creating high nurse and patient satisfaction, and increasing productivity while focusing on improving quality and patient and staff safety

Vezina earned bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies and Nursing, and a master’s degree in Nursing Leadership, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She holds Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support and Oncology Nurse Certifications.

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

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD, was named vice president and chief medical officer at Oishei Children's Hospital in July 2014. Dr. Turkovich previously served as 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.

Ernset

Nshuti Ernest Ngirimana

Chief Financial Officer

Nshuti Ernest Ngirimana was appointed chief financial officer at Oishei Children's Hospital in February 2019. In this leadership role, Ernest is responsible for both internal and external financial leadership, reporting, budgeting, revenue cycle management and financial strategy for OCH.

Ernest spent the last three years as director of finance at Allegheny Valley Hospital where he was responsible for providing leadership over the financial management of the 228 bed hospital and led the development of a five year strategic plan to stabilize and grow the hospital service offering and market share. Prior to that, he spent seven years at UPMC in a variety of financial roles.

Ernest received a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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.

Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York Administration

Judy Baumgartner

Judy Baumgartner

President

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.

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