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BGMC, OCH Announce Leadership Restructuring

Updated: 1/13/2020

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

Consistent with other restructuring that has occurred at BGMC/GVI, in this new and combined role at BGMC/GVI, Charsha will oversee 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.

Charsha assumes the chief nursing officer role from Rudy Jackson who has left BGMC/GVI. She will also assume operational responsibilities previously held by Lisa Schmidt, who announced her retirement in November.

“We thank Rudy for his service to the hospital, our employees and the patients that we serve,” said Chris Lane, president of BGMC/GVI. “And we look forward to having Dianne here now, leading our clinical and hospital operations. She brings tremendous experience to our team, not only from her time at Oishei Children’s Hospital, but from her time nationally in both the adult and pediatric setting.”

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.

Charsha received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilkes College in Wilkes Barre, PA, and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where she also received her post-graduate certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

Cassandra "Cassie" Church, MSN, RNC-NIC, NEA-BC, has been named the chief nursing officer for OCH, taking over the position from Charsha. 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. 

In addition to this, Jessica Mabie, MHA, was named senior director hospital operations for OCH.  In this role, she will add day-to-day oversight of support service operations previously held by Charsha (lab, pharmacy, and imaging). She will report directly to Allegra Jaros, president of OCH, and will continue to oversee Plant Operations, Food & Nutrition, and EVS, as well as support strategic initiatives and implementation of facility development/construction and project management. Additionally, she will oversee the ambulatory centers management for the OCH-operated surgical clinics and programs.

Previously, Mabie served as the director of strategic planning and implementation as well as manager of hospital operations. In her time at OCH, she has worked on planning, organizing and directing system strategic operating plans, as well as project management and expanding services, specifically as the project director of the move to OCH.

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

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

Charsha, Church and Mabie have been instrumental in the success of OCH since its move from Bryant Street in 2017.

Jaros said, “I am proud of the work that this team has achieved; highlighted by recognition the past two years as a nationally-recognized top quality children’s hospital. I know that Dianne will continue her focus on the best possible care with the team at BGMC/GVI, and do it with passion and precision. With Dr. Turkovich, and our OCH operational and physician leadership teams, I am confident and looking forward to working with Cassie and Jessica in their expanded roles, with energetic ideas, vision and passion for the moms, children and babies of our community.”