Spittler Named Director, Quality Improvement, Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Center at BGMC

Released: 7/30/2013

Maralyn Spittler, BSN, MPA, has been named director of quality improvement of the Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Center at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC).

Most recently, Spittler served as director of performance improvement at Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Virginia, a position she held since 2008.

In her role at Kaleida Health, Spittler will lead quality and patient safety initiatives at the Center, to include ISO and regulatory compliance, ensuring quality standards are met and maintained, and the coordination and analysis of data reporting from and to registry and regulatory bodies.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Maralyn to the Kaleida Health family,” said Mary Pruski, vice president, chief quality and patient safety officer. “She has considerable experience in driving strong, successful quality initiatives that continually raise the bar for employees and provide better clinical care to patients.”

After beginning her nursing career as a staff nurse at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Spittler has held a variety of quality and improvement positions during the course of her healthcare career, most notably:

  • Director, Performance Improvement, Chesapeake General Hospital, Virginia
  • Director, Systems Improvement Resources, Tri-City Medical Center, California
  • Quality improvement nurse, Senterea Virginia Beach General Hospital, Virginia
  • Clinical Practice Specialist, Chesapeake General Hospital, Virginia

“I am excited to be back in the Buffalo area with family and friends," said Spittler. “I am honored to be a member of the Kaleida Health team helping to provide the highest quality of care to the people in our community.”

A resident of Tonawanda, Spittler received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Master of Public Administration, with a focus on health care administration, from Troy State University. She also completed an executive fellowship in health law from Williamson Institute-Virginia Commonwealth University.