New Kaleida Health CEO Jody Lomeo isn’t wasting any time bringing a new approach to the giant health care company.
Just a couple of weeks after taking the helm of Western New York’s biggest hospital system, Lomeo has ordered the company’s top executives – including himself – to move their offices out of the Larkin at Exchange Building and back into the system’s major hospitals.
That includes the entire “C-suite” of the CEO, the chief medical officer and the heads of operations, development and legal functions. All had been together in the fifth-floor headquarters office at 726 Exchange St. but will now instead operate out of offices at Buffalo General Medical Center and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, said spokesman Michael Hughes.
“This all has to do with the change in leadership,” Hughes said. “Jody’s goal is to deploy them back into the hospital so they’re visible to employees, they’re visible to physicians, they’re visible to patients and their families.”
The decision follows the hiring in April of Lomeo, the former CEO of Erie County Medical Center, as the permanent CEO of both Kaleida and Great Lakes Health, after a stint as interim CEO of both. He succeeded former CEO James Kaskie, who was ousted by the Kaleida and Great Lakes boards in January.
Kaleida has put its former executive suite at Larkin back on the real estate market for subleasing, since it still has six years remaining on its primary 10-year lease. At $20 per square foot, the asking rent is $218,100 per year.
It’s also the only unoccupied space in the entire building. Kaleida has hired Waterbourne Real Estate Advisors and J.R. Militello Realty to find a lessee.
Hughes said Kaleida will still maintain its entire back-office operation on the full second and third floors, which it has occupied since 2005.
“It’s nothing to do with the Larkin Building,” Hughes said. “For us it’s about getting our leadership back into the hospitals.”