Western New York's health-care community took another hit late last week.
On Friday, Kaleida Health announced that 10-year Chief Executive Officer James Kaskie had resigned. Jody Lomeo, chief executive officer of Erie County Medical Center, was named interim CEO of the network. Indications were this was the first of many shake-ups that may be looming for the largest health-care system in the region due to declines in patient numbers.
"We determined that change was needed. A change not in strategy or direction, not in what we were doing, but how we were making it happen, or not. And that meant a change in leadership," John Koelmel, chairman of the Kaleida board of directors, said at a press conference reported by The Buffalo News.
The actions by Kaleida are one more indication that the changes at Lake Shore Health Care Center were also inevitable. At Kaleida, estimates show the system was losing about $10 million per year, which is close to the estimates for Lake Shore.
But the big difference between the two is volume. Revenues for Kaleida are estimated at $1.12 billion. Revenues for Lake Shore were about $35 million.
Kaleida, due to its proximity, may be one of the potential investors in Lake Shore. With its changes Friday, however, many questions remain on what its next steps will be.