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Lomeo Named Executive of the Year by BNSME

Released: 3/3/2020

Congratulations to Jody L. Lomeo, president and CEO, Kaleida Health and Great Lakes Health System of WNY, who received the 2019 Executive of the Year Award from the Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives (BNSME).

Just over six years ago, Lomeo joined Kaleida Health with a focus on “leading from the bedside.” With that guiding mantra, he has led the organization through an extraordinary transformation, improving quality of care, increasing market share, engaging physicians and employees, recording budget surpluses, fostering community partnerships, and facilitating growth.

At Kaleida Health, he has overseen the planning, financing and construction of the $270 million John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York’s new Erie County headquarters, plus expansions and program additions at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute. Lomeo has also facilitated acquisitions, affiliations and partnerships with numerous physicians, hospitals and healthcare systems. Combined, the impact of these various entities is over $2 billion in revenue with 13,000 employees and more than 2,000 providers.

A Buffalo native and University at Buffalo graduate, Lomeo is also the president and chief executive officer of the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York – the parent organization that integrates the clinical activities of Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC) and University at Buffalo. In addition, he is a current member of the Kaleida Health Board of Directors and the current chair-elect of the Greater New York Hospital Association Board of Governors.

Prior to coming to Kaleida Health, Lomeo served as CEO of ECMC. He spent eight years as a board member there before being recruited to serve as its leader in July 2008. 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 Lomeo’s leadership.

A Center of Excellence in Transplantation and Renal Care and Terrace View Long Term Care facility were 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.