April/May 2004

Kaskie Resigns from Catholic Health Initiatives


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James Kaskie, senior vice president of operations for Catholic Health Initiatives, has accepted a position as president and chief operating officer of Kaleida Health, a not-for-profit health care system based in Buffalo, N.Y. He will leave Catholic Health Initiatives by June 30, 2004, to join Kaleida, a teaching system that includes five acute-care hospitals, three long-term care facilities and more than 25 ambulatory care centers.

“We are very grateful that Jim has been part of Catholic Health Initiatives’ journey for the past 11 years,” said Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “Without question, Jim has been an outstanding leader, and our organization is better today because of his many contributions and dedication to the Catholic health ministry.”

Kaskie was a senior operations executive with Catholic Health Corporation, Omaha, Neb., from 1993 until 1996, the year that system joined with two others to form Catholic Health Initiatives. As a senior vice president of operations for Catholic Health Initiatives, Kaskie significantly improved operating performance within his group of market-based organizations, completed acquisitions and divestitures, created a community health services organization and developed systematic processes for annual reviews of market-based organization performance.

“Kaleida Health is fortunate to gain a leader of Jim’s intellect, integrity and talent,” said Lofton. “We congratulate Jim and wish him success in all of his future endeavors.”

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