Eastern Niagara Hospital, To Gain New CEO and Kaleida- Northtowns NEW COO

Ann McCaffrey Announcement News Release

Contacts: Michael P. Hughes (Kaleida Health) 716-983-3731
Carolyn Moore (Eastern Niagara) 716-514-5505


LOCKPORT, NEW YORK (Thursday, July 26, 2018) – Anne E. McCaffrey has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) at Eastern Niagara Hospital (ENH).
McCaffrey has nearly 20 years of health care management experience, having served in leadership roles at Lake Shore Behavioral Health from 1991-2010. While at Lake Shore, she held various positions including director of vocational services, director of rehabilitation services as well as coordinator of development and community relations. She is currently the Mayor of Lockport, a position she has held since 2014.
“Anne is a proven leader with great experience and a demonstrated track record in both the public and private sector,” Jody L. Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “She is the right choice to lead Eastern Niagara Hospital as it starts its new chapter with the Kaleida Health affiliation. Anne understands the needs of Lockport, Newfane and the surrounding communities and will work hard to enhance healthcare for the residents of eastern Niagara County.”
McCaffrey will resign her position as Mayor effective August 8, 2018.
In addition to this, David J. DiBacco has been appointed chief operating officer for Kaleida Health’s northtowns facilities which include Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, and now, Eastern Niagara Hospital (ENH).
DiBacco has been the Eastern Niagara Hospital chief operating officer (COO) since 2004. He has served as interim CEO at the site since May 2018.

“We are pleased to welcome Dave to the Kaleida Health family,” said Lomeo. “He has made a significant impact on ENH during the past two months while serving as the interim CEO. Dave’s leadership and talent were immediately recognized by us; and his expertise as a strong operations leader will help Kaleida Health coordinate care across all of our northtowns sites.”
George V.C. Muscato, Chairman of Eastern Niagara Hospital’s Board of Directors stated, “Anne’s commitment to the eastern Niagara County community has been exceptional and her sincere desire to see the hospital succeed is unquestionable. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we congratulate her on this appointment and welcome her to the ENH family. The Board would also like to commend David DiBacco for his stellar performance as our interim CEO and congratulate him on his new role. We are pleased that he will be able to expand and share his expertise across other Kaleida Health facilities.”
McCaffrey is the 57th mayor of the City of Lockport and is a lifelong city resident. After graduating from DeSales High School and Nazareth College of Rochester, she went on to obtain a master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester. McCaffrey worked for Lake Shore Behavioral Health in Buffalo for nearly 20 years, where she held several management positions.
In 2011, she decided to focus her efforts on the City of Lockport and was elected to alderwoman of the 2nd Ward. She was re-elected in 2013 and was appointed Common Council president. She became mayor in February 2014 upon the resignation of the former mayor. McCaffrey was subsequently elected to a full four-year term as mayor, which began in January 2016.
She is credited with helping lead a major financial turnaround for the city, turning a $4 million deficit into a $4.4 million fund balance. Her community service includes board participation with the Locks Heritage District Corp., Destination USA, Greater Lockport Development, Rotary Club, Historic Palace Theatre, Youth Mentoring Services among many others.
DiBacco has over 30 years of experience in the health care industry. 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. DiBacco is a resident of Lewiston. He 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.
The search for a new CEO of Eastern Niagara Hospital was conducted by Performance Management Partners, Inc.

Kaleida Health is finalizing the process to become the active parent of Eastern Niagara Hospital. Eastern Niagara Hospital Lockport & Newfane sites, ENH Health Care Center on Transit, and the Niagara Regional Surgery Center will all become part of the Kaleida Health family.
The two health systems are also working together to develop a full vison, plan and strategy for the eastern Niagara County community. The process includes communication, community engagement, as well as physician and employee participation to ensure that the Niagara community’s healthcare needs are met.
Eastern Niagara’s plan to build a new Emergency Department continue to move forward and will be done with the support of Kaleida Health. The plan is to build a new 21,000 square foot facility near the East Avenue entrance of the 134-bed hospital. The $8.2 million project calls for 16 private treatment rooms.
By affiliating with Kaleida Health, Eastern Niagara is now better equipped to coordinate care. Patients in the eastern Niagara region will have access to appropriate care locally and be seamlessly transitioned to the tertiary network at places like the Gates Vascular Institute, Buffalo General Medical Center and Oishei Children’s Hospital. Eastern Niagara will also have greater coordination of care and enhanced partnerships with Erie County Medical Center (a partner of Kaleida Health) and their centers of excellence in behavioral health and transplantation, along with adult level one trauma care.

Sullivan Named as Catholic Health Systems CEO, with McDonald’s Retirement

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February 19, 2018    For Immediate Release

Contact:  JoAnn Cavanaugh, Director Public Relations

Office: (716) 706-2061 | Cell: (716) 228-4886 | Email:  jcav@CHSBuffalo.org


Catholic Health Names Mark A. Sullivan President & CEO

Health System Chief Operating Officer tapped to lead $1.1 billion system

The Corporate Members and Sponsors Council of Catholic Health has appointed Mark A. Sullivan, FACHE, the new president & CEO of the Buffalo based health system. A veteran healthcare executive, Sullivan has been with Catholic Health since its inception, most recently serving as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer since 2007. The announcement comes several months after longtime president & CEO Joe McDonald announced his pending retirement after 15 years as Catholic Health’s top executive.

Sullivan’s 24-year professional career has been spent in Catholic affiliated healthcare organizations, with extensive experience across the healthcare continuum, leading acute care, primary care, home care, and continuing care operations as well as providing oversight for Quality and Performance Improvement. He joined Mercy Home Care of WNY as director of Business Operations in 1994. Following the formation of Catholic Health, Sullivan was named director of Operations for Home Health in 2000 and served as CEO of the division from 2003-2007. He also served as interim CEO of the system’s Continuing Care division in 2013.

Today’s announcement was made by Reverend Monsignor Robert E. Zapfel, chair of the Catholic Health Corporate Members and Sponsors Council, and William K. Buscaglia, Jr., chair of the Catholic Health Board of Directors. The Corporate Members and Sponsors Council is comprised of representatives from Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan; and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The appointment follows a nearly five-month search involving several highly qualified internal, regional and national candidates.

“While we cast a wide net, we didn’t have to look far to find a strong, mission-driven leader who could build on our success and help us continue to lead the transformation of healthcare in our community,” said Monsignor Zapfel. “Our Corporate Members and Sponsors are pleased to welcome Mark into this leadership role and we look forward to working closely with him to advance our Mission and strengthen our long-standing tradition of delivering the highest quality care to individuals and families throughout the region.”

As the fourth president & CEO in Catholic Health’s 20-year history, Sullivan will have administrative responsibility for one of the area’s largest health systems, with annual revenues of more than $1.1 billion. He will lead a team of more than 9,000 associates, while working closely with Catholic Medical Partners to help strengthen the system’s relationship with its nearly 1,600 affiliated physicians.

“Mark is the best person to lead Catholic Health into the future,” said Buscaglia. “He has the experience, strategic vision, and detailed understanding of nearly every facet of the organization to set a course that will not only build on our past accomplishments, but create new opportunities for growth and innovation that will enable our highly skilled team to continue to deliver the very best care for years to come.”

“Mark is a strategic leader with a proven record of advancing people-centered care in Buffalo and throughout the region,” said John Capasso, Executive Vice President of Trinity Health. “For our colleagues and the people we serve, Mark is an exemplary choice.”

A fifth generation Buffalonian, Sullivan will take over the reins of Catholic Health on March 1. “I am humbled by this opportunity and proud to lead a team that is singularly focused on delivering the highest quality care, with skill, compassion and dedication that is second to none,” Sullivan said. “Like the strong leaders who came before me, I look forward to developing innovative ways to better serve our community and contribute to the overall health of the region.”

Sullivan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Health Care Management from Canisius College. He is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE), a Health Care Transformation fellow and mentor for the American Hospital Association, and a Certified Home and Hospice Care Executive (CHCE). He also served on the Board of Directors of the Home Care Association of New York State and was a member of its Policy Council.

Throughout his career, Sullivan has been involved in a number of civic, academic and community service organizations. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Zoo. Past community service involvement has included the St. Francis High School Board of Directors, St. Bernadette School Board, Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, and Cradle Beach Camp Board of Directors. He recently retired from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Scientific Staff Reserve after 13 years of service, where as a deputy he volunteered for various community details and served in the Sheriff’s Honor Guard.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, Catholic Health was formed in 1998 to preserve and strengthen Catholic-sponsored healthcare services throughout the region. With Joe McDonald at its helm for the past 15 years, the organization has grown into a leading integrated health system, enhancing patient safety, controlling costs, and contributing to the overall health of the community.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Joe for his dedicated service, outstanding leadership and generous support throughout this transition,” Monsignor Zapfel added. “He helped guide our ministry through some of the most sweeping changes we have seen in healthcare delivery, raising the bar on quality, safety and value, while never losing sight of the fact that our fundamental mission is to serve those in need.”

About Catholic Health

From delivering more babies than any other provider in the region; to offering the area’s widest network of comprehensive cardiac, stroke, and orthopedic services; to providing a broad range of services for aging seniors, Catholic Health cares for hundreds of thousands of Western New Yorkers at dozens of locations throughout Erie and Niagara counties. Its healthcare network includes Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus; along with a complete continuum of Home & Community Based Care services, including skilled nursing and subacute rehab facilities, home care agencies, and diagnostic and treatment centers. www.chsbuffalo.org