Chief Quality & Safety Officer

Kaleida Health
Buffalo, NY
Kaleida Health is re-organizing their Quality and Safety program to include a Chief Quality & Safety Officer (CQSO) at each hospital, including John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.  The CQSO will report directly to the Hospital President and work in close collaboration with the hospital CNO and CMO to ensure the highest quality and safety in patient care.  The CQSO will also work with the medical staff, COO and other hospital departments to ensure the focus on quality and safety extends to all areas of the hospital.  The CQSO will have a matrix reporting relationship to the System Vice President/Chief Quality & Safety Officer who will provide support to the hospital based quality programs and ensure consistent quality standards and practices across the system. Reporting to the CQSO will be Infection Prevention staff and an Accreditation Readiness Coordinator.

This is a particularly exciting time to join Kaleida and its relatively new, high energy and dynamic management team.  Jody Lomeo, Kaleida President & CEO, is exceptionally engaging and committed to leading from the bedside with the highest quality of care. Each of the Kaleida hospitals has a new CNO who has joined in the last year, as well as new Presidents at BGMC and Suburban.  Chris Lane is the BGMC President, having previously been the President at Suburban and Suburban just welcomed Darcy Craven as President in the past year.  Cheryl Klass assumed the newly created position as System CNE, having previously served as President at both WCHOB and BGMC. All of these leadership changes and additions have resulted in dramatic improvements in the quality of care and the staff, physician and patient engagement across the organization.  Kaleida is also growing in collaboration with Erie County Medical Center and Great Lakes Health with many surrounding hospitals joining the system. 


  • A Master’s Degree in Nursing or other health profession is required, along with certification in quality within 2 years of starting the position.
  • A minimum of eight years of leadership experience in healthcare, with at least 3 years being in the quality & safety arena.
  • Experienced and skilled in managing complex projects that span multiple departments; have excellent verbal and written communication skills; possess exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse groups; have demonstrated success in achieving measureable improvements in quality and safety; the ability to work effectively in a highly matrixed organizational structure; have a contemporary understanding of patient safety theories and accreditation standards; and, have a data driven mindset and skills in applying formal analytical methods.
For more information about this exceptional opportunity, please contact the KBA team:
Peggy Loughery, BSN, RN
Vice President, Search Services

Livonne Engebrecht, BA
Search Associate


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