This week, Catholic Health president & CEO Mark Sullivan announce a major reorganization structure of their executive leadership team with a goal to shape the future direction of healthcare in Western New York
“Change is happening all around us in healthcare and rather than react to the pressures of our industry, we must lead change in the region to sustain our mission and meet the needs of the patients and communities we serve,” Sullivan said. “This new leadership structure will build on the high-quality care that already exists within our system and drive development, innovation and efficiencies that will have an even greater impact on the health of our community.”
Sullivan’s new leadership structure includes the following appointments:
– Joyce Markiewicz has been named Chief Business Development Officer for Catholic Health. In this new role, Markiewicz, who previously served as President & CEO of Home & Community Based Care, will lead new business development for the system, while looking for opportunities to form strategic partnerships and explore new programs and services to improve access to care.
– Tom Gleason has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Home & Community-Based Care, assuming responsibility for Catholic Health’s skilled nursing facilities and home care agencies. Gleason has served as Chief Operating Officer for Home & Community Based Care since 2016. He joined Catholic Health in 2009 as Director of Finance for Home Care and has more than 20 years of operational experience in community-based settings.
– Marty Boryszak former President & CEO of Sisters of Charity Hospital has been appointed to Catholic Health Senior Vice President for Acute Care Services. Boryszak, who has experience in performance transformation and integrating services at Sisters Hospital’s Main Street and St. Joseph campuses, will now be responsible for system-wide acute care service integration and care delivery.
– CJ Urlaub, former President & CEO of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has been appointed to Catholic Health Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Integration & Care Delivery – Niagara County. Urlaub, who led program development at Catholic Health’s major tertiary care center, will shift his focus on expanding Catholic Health’s presence in Niagara County by developing new partnerships and additional service offerings to better serve the local community.
– With the retirement of the upcoming retirement of Gary Tucker, president & CEO of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, CJ Urlaub will assume the President role at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital as part of his Niagara County responsibilities.
– Walt Ludwig will maintain executive oversight of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Stepping into new roles will be Eddie Bratko as President of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and John Sperrazza as President of Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus.
These announcements follow the recent appointments of William Pryor as Catholic Health’s new Chief Administrative Officer, and Dr. Hans Cassagnol as Chief Clinical Officer & Physician Executive – Sullivan’s first recruits from outside the area and executive appointments since becoming CEO in 2018. A national search is also underway for a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Transformation & Innovation Officer at Catholic Health.
Sullivan said his leadership team will spend the next several months transitioning into their new roles. “We are all excited about the opportunities before us to lead the transformation of healthcare in our community, but we also know-how important smooth transitions are,” Sullivan added, “not only for our physician partners and associates, but more importantly, for the patients and long term care residents we serve.”
“How healthcare is delivered in the future will be different than it is today and our executive team must be reflective and responsive to these changes,” Sullivan noted. “With the new talent we are recruiting to the region and the experienced leaders we have assuming new roles within our system, I am confident we have the right team in place to fulfill our Mission and drive change where it is needed to better serve the community and build upon our success as the quality, safety and patient satisfaction leader in Western New York.”