Kaleida Health Administration
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 Ė 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.
Executive Vice President for Business Development and Affiliations
Donald Boyd was appointed senior vice president of business development for Kaleida Health in May of 2009.
Boyd had been the president at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital and a vice president for Kaleida Health since August 2006. In his site president role, he helped lead the hospital's growth, particularly in the vascular service lines such as cardiac, stroke and vascular surgery plus the integration efforts for the Gates Vascular Institute.
In his current role, Boyd lead Kaleida Health's numerous growth initiatives, including the development of the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI), integration of Buffalo General and Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospitals, help with the implementation of the professional steering committee (PSC) recommendations for Great Lakes Health, ECMC and Kaleida Health, coordination of physician alignment plus other business development opportunities throughout Western New York.
A Williamsville resident, Boyd has been with Kaleida Health since its inception in 1998. He previously served as vice president for ambulatory services and business development, director of ambulatory services, manager of quality improvement and director of Kaleida Health's ambulatory surgery center in Williamsville.
He has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in corporate finance and healthcare systems management, from the University of Buffalo (UB). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in community mental health and psychology from UB.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Cletis Earle was recruited to Kaleida Health from St. Lukeís Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh/Cornwall, NY, where he served as vice president and chief information officer since 2011. He began his IT career as a support manager at Brooklyn Queens Health Care Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, eventually taking on roles as director of technology and vice president, chief information officer and privacy officer within the organization.
Earle leads the information technology (IT) team, overseeing strategic and tactical planning, plus development and coordination of Kaleida Health and ECMCís IT platforms. In this role, he has significantly changed not only the IT landscape of Kaleida Health, but also the way healthcare providers and patients use IT across the region and beyond.
Earle believes in the power of IT to enhance patientsí experiences. In designing the new Oishei Childrenís Hospital, Earle was instrumental in leading the IT team to give patients, their families and friends a new and better healthcare experience. Oishei Children's Hospital leverages a smartphone app that includes wayfinding technology to reduce anxiety for campus visitors. The app also integrates a patientís electronic medical record to provide appointment alerts and estimated arrival times for patients. Once at the hospital, the app displays parking information and guides patients within the hospital to their appointment location.
To make patients feel more welcome and comfortable, Oishei Childrenís Hospital also features digital mosaic collages, live webcam streams of animals and public education sessions at the Buffalo Zoo that patients can watch in their rooms, on demand movies, and the opportunity to provide real-time electronic feedback about their stay so care takers can respond immediately.
Earle is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, NY, and regularly participates in community fundraising opportunities as well as advocacy/speaking engagements focused on diversity.
Earle holds a bachelorís degree in psychology from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY, and a masterís degree in information systems from Strayer University in Washington, DC.
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
Senior Vice President
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 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.
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.
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.
Jonathan T. Swiatkowski
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
In June 2014, Jonathan T. Swiatkowski, CPA, was named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Kaleida Health after serving as the vice president for finance and business operations since 2006.
As vice president for finance and business operations, Swiatkowski guided Kaleida Health through major milestones, including the expansion of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital; the closure and sale of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital; the financing, construction and opening of the Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan; and the planning, financing and fundraising for the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.
Executive Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jerry Venable, SPHR, was named executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Kaleida Health in September 2017.
An HR veteran with 23 years of experience, Venable comes to Kaleida Health from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in Nashville, Tennessee. HCA is one of the largest health systems in the country with $35 billion in revenue, 240,000 employees, 37,000 physicians and 80,000 nurses.
Venable has been with HCA and its hospitals for 17 years rising through the ranks from manager of human resources at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas to his most recent role as corporate talent director in HCA's corporate office. In that role, Venable was responsible for developing CEO and COO talent for HCA's 174 hospitals and 119 surgery centers.
Prior to this, he served for seven years as regional vice president for human resources in Richmond, Virginia, overseeing HR functions in 17 hospitals and 15,000 employees. Venable received his bachelor and master's degree from University of Texas at El Paso. He also completed a doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona.