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Administration

Kaleida Health Board of Directors 2020-2021

Nicholas J. Aquino, MD
Michael Beecher, MD
Lorrie A. Clemo, PhD
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
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.

Paul E. Belter, CPA

Paul E. Belter, CPA

Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

Paul E. Belter, CPA, is executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for Kaleida Health.

Belter, a senior-level financial and healthcare leader, came to Kaleida Health from AMITA Health in Chicago, Illinois. AMITA Health is a $4 billion integrated health system made up of 19 hospitals, over 200 ambulatory and outpatient locations with 24,000 employees and 800 employed physicians. 

A Western New York native, Belter has spent the past seven years with the Chicago-based health system, first serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Alexian Brothers Health before becoming the executive vice president and chief financial officer of AMITA.

In his role at AMITA, Belter led financial and operational support to the CEO and executive team, including managing financial performance, driving strategic growth, planning and executing partnership and deal transactions, increasing physician alignment and directing capital planning.

Among his achievements at AMITA are the rapid strategic growth and increased scale of the health system, transforming from a five hospital, $1 billion system to a 19 hospital, and $4 billion system in three years, which created a geographically widespread network and full continuum of care across the Chicago market. Belter co-led the health system merger and acquisition strategy, providing local finance executive leadership, in collaboration with the AMITA Health CEO and Ascension Health and Advent Health executives.

Prior to Alexian and AMITA, Belter served six years as the regional vice president for finance and chief financial officer at Provena Health, a $1.5 billion Catholic health system in suburban Chicago, Illinois with six acute care hospitals, several long-term care facilities and an employed physician network.

Born in North Tonawanda and raised in the Town of Amherst, Belter's experience also includes 15 years of financial experience and leadership in Western New York.

He began his career in health care in 1991 as the director of internal audit at Sisters of Charity Hospital. He was elevated to hospital vice president and chief financial officer and eventually moved into Catholic Health System's finance department overseeing financial operations as corporate vice president, a post he held until 2000. 

From there, Belter went to Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center in Lewiston and served as vice president for finance and chief financial officer through 2006.

A certified public accountant, he is a graduate of Canisius College with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

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.

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.

David Pierce, MD, FACEP

David Pierce, MD, FACEP

Chief Physician Executive, Physician Enterprise

David Pierce, MD, FACEP, was named chief physician executive, physician enterprise, in September 2021. In this role, Dr. Pierce leads the physician enterprise for the organization, which includes service line growth across Kaleida Health as well as GPPC, UBMD and our various private practice physician groups.

 

Dr. Pierce previously served as chief medical officer of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute since June 2019. Prior to that, he served as the chief medical officer for Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital.

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. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Pierce, who will continue to practice clinically in the emergency departments at Kaleida Health, 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.

Michael P. Hughes

Michael P. Hughes

Senior Vice President
Chief Administrative Officer

Mike is senior vice president and chief administrative officer 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.

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.

Michael Mineo, MD

Michael Mineo, MD, FACEP, MMMD

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, MMMD

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, DeGraff Medical Park, 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. 

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.

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

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, MMMD

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, DeGraff Medical Park, 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. 

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.

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

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.

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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

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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