A fifth generation Buffalonian with strong community ties and long-time involvement in the region’s healthcare arena will become president and CEO of Catholic Health early next month.
Mark Sullivan will lead a $1.1 billion system that employs more than 9,000 associates when long-time CEO Joseph McDonald retires.
During a news conference in downtown Buffalo Monday, Sullivan predicted an upbeat future for an organization that he has worked with since 2000.
“I see tremendous growth for Catholic Health in Western New York,” he said. “One of the things I pride myself on working with Joe [McDonald] is you can’t say yes to everything. You say yes to things that make sense for the community. You say yes to things that make sense with our mission. And that’s what we’ll do. It’s a very bright future for Catholic Health."
Shortly after the formation of Catholic Health, Sullivan was appointed director of operations for the system's Home Health division.
“Mark is the best person to lead Catholic Health into the future,” said William Buscaglia, chair of the Catholic Health Board of Directors. "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.”
When Sullivan’s appointment was announced during a news conference at Catholic Health’s downtown headquarters on Genesee Street, employees broke into a round of applause.
Sullivan acknowledged the uncertainties that face the healthcare arena.
“The biggest challenge will be remaining true to our mission. Making sure that in the time of crisis, and change, and uncertainty, we stay focused, we communicate, I listen to the associates, I listen to the patients, we listen to the community, I partner with the community leaders, and that I partner with elected officials, so they can realize the important role that Catholic Health plays in the community.”
Sullivan, a graduate of Canisius College, has long been involved in community organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Buffalo Zoo.
McDonald announced his upcoming retirement in late 2017. He has served as Catholic Health's top executive for 15 years.