Kaleida Health today announced several leadership changes designed to improve care delivery and further integrate Kaleida Health’s hospitals and affiliations.
Cheryl Klass was named executive vice president and chief nursing executive (CNE) for Kaleida Health. In this role, she will have oversight for nursing across the entire organization. Klass joined Kaleida Health in 2004 as president of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and vice president for Kaleida Health. In 2011, Klass was appointed senior vice president of operations, Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute as well as HighPointe on Michigan.
She began her career as a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, working her way up to chief nursing officer (CNO). She also served as CNO at the Children’s Hospital in Chicago (affiliated with Northwestern University) before returning to Buffalo to serve as chief operating officer of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Sisters Hospital of Buffalo, as well as vice president of Women’s Health for the Catholic Health System. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Niagara University and her Master of Business Administration from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Chris Lane was appointed president of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute. Lane has led the northtowns for Kaleida Health for the past 10 years, serving as the president of Millard Fillmore Suburban and DeGraff Memorial Hospitals as well as overseeing long-term care. Lane joined Kaleida Health in 2003, when he was named vice president of Kaleida Health and president of DeGraff Memorial Hospital. In 2007, Lane became president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, and in 2012, took on the role as president of both facilities.
Before joining Kaleida Health, he served as administrator of Covenant Health Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Lane holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, and received his master's degree in healthcare administration from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY.
Donald Boyd was promoted to executive vice president for business development and affiliations. Boyd has done tremendous work developing and executing partnerships and relationships with outlying hospitals, physician groups and providers across Western New York. Boyd will oversee MASH, Western New York Urology Associates, Cancer Care of Western New York plus Kaleida Health’s affiliations with partners like Brooks Memorial Hospital, TLC Healthcare Network and Eastern Niagara Hospital.
Boyd, who has been with Kaleida Health since its inception in 1998, previously served as the president at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital and a vice president for Kaleida Health. He also held various other roles as vice president for ambulatory services and business development, director of ambulatory services, manager of quality improvement and director of Kaleida Health's ambulatory surgery center in Williamsville. He has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in corporate finance and healthcare systems management, from the University at Buffalo (UB). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in community mental health and psychology from UB.
Cletis Earle was recruited to Kaleida Health from St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh/Cornwall, NY, and will serve as vice president and chief information officer. He will provide leadership for Kaleida Health’s information technology (IT) team, overseeing strategic and tactical planning, plus development and coordination of the IT platform.
Earle previously served as vice president and chief information officer at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital since 2011. He began his IT career as a support manager at Brooklyn Queens Health Care Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, eventually taking on roles as director of technology and vice president, chief information officer and privacy officer within the organization. Earle holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY, and a master’s degree in information systems from Strayer University in Washington, DC.
Rebecca Haslinger was named vice president of finance. Recruited from HealthNow NY Inc. (BlueCross BlueShield), where she served as director of business finance, enterprise initiatives & analytics, Haslinger will be working with the finance team in support of Kaleida Health’s clinical and patient care initiatives.
Haslinger previously held roles as vice president of healthcare real estate at Care Investment Trust Inc., a Healthcare REIT managed by CIT Group Inc. in Orchard Park, NY, as well as senior auditor of assurance and advisory business services at Ernst & Young LLP in Buffalo, NY. A certified public accountant (CPA), she holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.