The Kaleida Health Board of Directors has named Jody Lomeo president and CEO.
Lomeo has been serving in the post as interim leader since January 31 when the board voted for new leadership and former leader James Kaskie resigned.
Lomeo now assumes full leadership and responsibility for Western New York’s largest healthcare system and largest private employer.
In addition, the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York also named Lomeo its president and CEO. Great Lakes Health has overseen the ongoing integration and collaboration between Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center Corporation since 2006.
The boards of both organizations cited Lomeo's experience and his support among employees in making their decisions. The news was also praised by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, who calls Lomeo "an excellent choice."
“Jody has distinguished himself over the last three months while serving as our interim president and CEO,” said John Koelmel, chair of the Kaleida Health Board of Directors, in a statement.
“The support that he has received from physicians, nurses, staff and the community at-large has been overwhelming. The organization has been re-energized and is again focused on consistently delivering high quality patient care, building productive relationships with all constituents and otherwise leveraging the system’s many strengths to re-establish ourselves as the leading provider of healthcare services in the region. As a result, it was clear that Jody is the right leader at a very critical time for Kaleida Health and our community. The combination of his strong track record at ECMCC, overall leadership skills and passion for the patient positions him very well to lead the organization.”