James Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, was installed this week as chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association.
Kaskie, leads the Western New York region's largest health system, with nearly 10,000 employees and an operating budget exceeding $1.2 billion. The system includes four hospitals, two skilled-nursing facilities, 90 ambulatory care programs and sites plus the Visiting Nursing Association.
As chairman of GNYHA, he will guide a trade association that includes nearly 250 hospitals and continuing care facilities in four states, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Kaskie's selection marks the first time in the organization's 100-plus year history an executive from outside the metro New York City area has been selected to lead the group.
Association president Kenneth Raske called Kaskie "a proven leader" whose vision and experience will be invaluable during challenging times for hospitals.
Kaskie is also president and CEO of the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York, the umbrella organization that oversees integrated clinical activities of Kaleida, Erie County Medical Center Corp., the University at Buffalo and the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.