BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Kaleida Health has announced that Judy Baumgartner has been named the president of the Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) of Western New York, and its sister agency, VNA Home Care Services.
Baumgartner, a resident of North Tonawanda, served as the chief operating officer of the VNA for the last two and a half years. Prior to that, she was the director of finance for the combined agencies.
“Judy is an innovative, exceptionally bright, driven leader whose character embodies Kaleida Health’s values,” Larry Zielinski, the president of Buffalo General Hospital and the former VNA president. “I cannot think of a better choice to lead the VNA during these exciting times.”
Baumgartner succeeds Zielinski, whose focus will now be fully on the development of the downtown medical campus and on preparing Buffalo General Hospital for the integration of Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital and the opening of the soon be built heart and vascular institute. Zielinski will continue to serve on the VNA Board and will work with Baumgartner on strategic planning for the VNA and the coordination of its activities with Kaleida Health.
Baumgartner received a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is an administrative healthcare leader with a broad scope of experience in operational and financial areas and has been both a guest speaker and industry panelist at various national and regional forums.
The role of home health will be increasingly important in the future as health care reform evolves. The planned move to bundled payments, population/disease management, reducing inpatient admissions, accountable care organizations, and the medical home all play to the VNA’s strengths. The company has relationships with over 2,000 local physicians in all eight counties of Western New York. With five branch offices, the VNA boasts the largest team of home health nurses and therapists in the market, an in-house infusion pharmacy and respiratory service, and one of the largest home telemonitoring services in the country.
The VNA is the oldest home care company in the country, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.