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Leslie Paul Luke
President and Chief Executive Officer
 

Leslie Paul Luke serves as the 14th President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health, a non-profit regional health care system that encompasses a 16-county service area across Upstate New York. Mr. Luke joined St. Joseph’s in February 2017. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s, Les served as Regional CEO of Tennova Healthcare, a six hospital system in Knoxville, TN with net revenues of $650 million. He also held the role of CEO at Physicians Regional Medical Center, Tennova’s flagship hospital. 

 

Les was born in St. Louis, MO but raised in Hawaii where his parents are from.  His father was a general surgeon who did his training in Syracuse.  In 1991 he got his first CEO role at a 50-bed, not for profit hospital in Kentucky.  Les then went to Erlanger Medical Center in Tennessee, an 850-bed tertiary medical center where he was responsible for quality improvement and marketing.  He developed QIP teams and became agile in facilitation of quality improvement efforts while learning how to impact change through influence.  Since then he served as CEO of three other hospitals, and in 2006, he joined Community Health Systems where he held several key leadership roles. 

Mr. Luke holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. 

 

AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, RN, Ed.D., NEA-BC
Senior Vice President for Operations, COO/CNO 

AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, RN, Ed. D., NEA-BC, has been employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center since 1997. In 2014, she assumed her current position as Senior Vice President for Operations, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. Since that time, she has led a nationally-recognized team of nurses and health care colleagues in the day-to-day delivery of compassionate patient care to Central New York.

Under her guidance, St. Joseph’s received the designation of a Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition, St. Joseph’s has received numerous awards for exceptional patient care outcomes.

Czyz’s previous leadership role at St. Joseph’s was as the Vice President of Clinical and Education Services and Chief Nursing Officer.  She has also worked as the Director of Critical Care and Cardiac Services, a nurse manager, staff educator, and a staff nurse on one of the cardiac care units.

Czyz earned her nursing degree from the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. She also holds a Master of Science and Clinical Nurse Specialist degree from Upstate Medical University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and is certified as a medical surgical nurse.  In 2015, Czyz graduated from St. John Fisher College earning an Education Doctorate degree in Executive Leadership.  Research areas of interest have been in the impact of innovation adoption on quality and cost in nursing care.  Czyz is also certified as a Nurse Executive from the ANCC.

Her passions lie in the promotion of Shared Governance and promoting Nursing Leadership at the point of care delivery, and transforming acute care services to be consistent with the overall strategy for health care reform.

Erika Duncan
Vice President of Human Resources
 

As Vice President of Human Resources, Ms. Duncan is responsible for defining and implementing the key initiatives consistent with St. Joseph’s Health goals. Ms. Duncan’s focus will be primarily on a proactive approach to recruitment, retention, leadership development, diversity, benefit design and workforce planning, in addition to leading the department’s integration with Trinity Health. 

Ms. Duncan is a professional with more than 20 years of leadership and operational experience. She recently served as vice president of human resources for Metro Health, an integrated healthcare system based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Duncan is an advocate for the employees, credited with guiding the development and implementation of initiatives that resulted in improvement of the system’s recruiting, retention and engagement initiatives. She is passionate about workforce analytics and strategic human capital planning.  Previous to Metro Health, Duncan served as senior director of human resources/talent management for Spectrum Health, a Grand Rapids multi-hospital health system for eight years.  She has also held positions at Johnson Controls and AMI Doduco.    

Ms. Duncan holds a Masters of Management in organizational development from Aquinas College, and a Bachelor’s degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Grand Valley State University.

Charles J. Fennell

Charles J. Fennell
Vice President for Information Management and Chief Information Officer

Charles Fennell has more than 27 years’ experience in information technology serving the health care community. He joined St. Joseph’s in 2001 as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. During his tenure, he has led strategic IT initiatives that have enabled St. Joseph’s to strengthen its operational performance, improve clinical outcomes and patient safety, as well as enhance physician satisfaction. Prior to St. Joseph’s, Fennell held a variety of software engineering, management and administrative positions at Heath Care Data Systems in Syracuse.

Vincent J. Kuss, MBA, MS
Vice President of Development

Vincent J. Kuss serves as Vice President of Development for the St. Joseph’s Health Foundation. In this role, Kuss leads all activities of the hospital’s Foundation, including the strategy, direction and execution of the hospital’s fund-raising goals. Kuss brings to the role more than 16 years of healthcare and higher education development experience.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He also earned his Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration from Le Moyne College. Previously, Kuss has held development positions at two major universities including where he served as Executive Director for the College of Medicine Alumni Foundation at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

During his time at St. Joseph’s, Kuss has been engaged with several committees, including the St. Joseph’s Hospital Leadership Council, the Council of Advisors, the Wellness Committee, and the Employee Engagement Task Force, among others. He is also a member of nearly a dozen community and national organizations, including the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Central New York, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Fayetteville-Manlius Little League Board of Directors. Kuss resides in Manlius with his wife and three children.


 

Regina McGraw
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

As Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Ms. McGraw oversees the monitoring and reporting of all regulatory compliance programs within the St. Joseph’s Health system of care and provides strategic guidance to the Board of Trustees and senior leadership team. McGraw serves as the subject matter expert on all policies and procedures associated with the general operation of a formal compliance program, including regulations associated with physician financial arrangements, coding and billing, Clinical Integration Networks and Accountable Care Organizations.

McGraw brings over 25 years of health care law and nursing experience to the non-profit regional health care system.  

Most recently, McGraw served as a senior attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse where she provided general counsel for multiple health systems with hospitals, affiliated physician practices, multiple independent physician practices and facilities including ambulatory surgery centers. Prior to joining Bond, Schoeneck & King, McGraw served as Senior Managing Counsel at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse where she was an in-house health care attorney.  

McGraw holds a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA, and a Nursing Diploma from Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA.  She is an attorney admitted to practice law in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is a Registered Professional Nurse.  She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the New York Bar Association and the Central New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association.

Mark E. Murphy

Mark E. Murphy, RN, NP
Senior Vice President for System Development and Ambulatory Care Administration

Mark Murphy is Senior Vice President for System Development and Ambulatory Care Administration at St. Joseph’s. Murphy has worked for St. Joseph’s since 1989. Murphy’s responsibilities related to System Development include system-wide Strategy Planning, Regional Development/Affiliations, Government Relations/Advocacy, and Continuum of Care/Community Based Care.  Under Ambulatory Care Administration, Murphy oversees home and community-based services, outpatient mental health, hospital based clinics, care management and dialysis programs, and the regional for-profit management and durable medical equipment company.  

Murphy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from SUNY Plattsburg, a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College and completed post graduate classwork at both Le Moyne College and Syracuse University.

Meredith Price

Meredith Price
Senior Vice President of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer

Meredith Price joined St. Joseph's in 2013 with more than 18 years of varying health care experience. Under a national consulting group, she served in several hospitals as strategic planner, project manager, and interim Chief Financial Officer and other financial positions. Previous to this experience Price worked as a hospital’s director of finance and as a consultant for an international accounting firm. Most recently, she served as Chief Administrative Officer for Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus. 

A graduate of Siena College, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She is on the board of the March of Dimes Central New York Division.

Joseph A. Scicchitano

Joseph A. Scicchitano
Vice President for Support Services

Joseph Scicchitano, as Vice President for Support Services, is responsible for Facilities Services, Design and Construction, Security/Parking, Nutritional Services, Environmental Services, Patient Transport, Linen Services, Supply Chain Management and Radiology.

Scicchitano has nearly 22 years of service to St. Joseph’s, serving as Vice President for Support Services since 2009. He first joined the hospital as manager of engineering services in 1994, after working for a local engineering firm, and has held roles as Director of Facilities Services and Manager of Engineering Services.

Scicchitano holds an Associate’s degree in electrical technology from Onondaga Community College, and a Bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from the State University of New York, Buffalo State College. He is working toward a degree in Health Service Management and Policy from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Scicchitano is affiliated with the American Society of Healthcare Engineering and the National Fire Protection Association.

Lowell A. Seifter, JD
Senior Vice President/General Counsel

Lowell A. Seifter, JD, serves as General Counsel for St. Joseph’s.  Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s, he was a senior member of the Board of Managers for Green and Seifter Attorneys, PLLC. where his primary practice areas included business transactions, commercial real estate and health care.  At St. Joseph’s, Seifter is responsible for all legal matters involving the Hospital and all of its affiliated entities.  Seifter also is a registered arbitrator with the American Health Law Association, and has been an arbitrator in many arbitrations over the last 10 years.

Seifter has been an Adjunct Professor and a guest lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law and has lectured for the New York State Bar Association, the National Business Institute, the Environmental Business Association of New York, and other professional organizations.  He has also taught Health Law at the SUNY Binghamton MBA Program.

A resident of Dewitt, Seifter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University and its College of Law.  He is also a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant.

 

Joseph Spinale, DO, MBA
Chief Medical Officer

As Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Joseph W. Spinale, DO, MBA, is responsible for guiding the organization’s efforts to ensure that all services provided across the continuum of care are of high quality and value, maintaining clinician alignment and satisfaction, and leading evidence-based programs, practices and activities. As CMO Dr. Spinale also provides direction to system-wide improvements in patient safety, quality management, accreditation and medical staff services. He brings a wealth of experience in business and medicine to the role of CMO. In his previous leadership capacity he worked at Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island, where he was a senior vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer responsible for oversight of a medical staff with over 700 clinicians as well as ACGME and AOA graduate medical education programs and quality, risk management and indemnity programs. Spinale was employed at Kent Hospital for nearly a decade where he also served as director of medical education and chief of cardiology.

Spinale earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and his Master of Business Administration from University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts. His certifications include: the American Board of Internal Medicine, cardiovascular disease, American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, National Association for Healthcare Quality, Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety, Certification Board Nuclear Cardiology, Just Culture Champion, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  Dr. Spinale has served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award through the National Institute of Standards and Technology since 2014.  Additionally he is a Fellow of the following organizations: American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Association for Physician Leadership. 

 

Sandra Sulik, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs 

Sandra Sulik, MD, is Vice President for Medical Affairs. She also is a Family Medicine Physician and Faculty member with St. Joseph's Family Medicine Residency program, which operates in conjunction with the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University.

Dr. Sulik has more than 24 years' experience as a family medicine physician, currently practicing with Heritage Family Medicine, where she has a special interest in obstetrics and women's health issues. She was the first female President of the St. Joseph's Medical Staff and was honored by Upstate Medical University with the Gold Standard Award.

Dr. Sulik holds a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Virginia, as well as a Master of Science in Physiology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University. She completed her Family Practice Residency at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. An educator and leader skilled in preparing future leaders, she also is a Professor of Family Medicine at SUNY Health Science Center. Dr. Sulik continues to practice part time.

Deborah Welch
Vice President for People and Mission Integration

Deborah Welch is responsible providing leadership in the design, development and implementation of programs and activities related to mission, core values, leadership formation, ethics, spiritual care, patient/family experience, palliative care and community benefit. A 37-year employee at St. Joseph’s, Welch has been responsible for the overall operation, administration and management of mental health services for 22 years. Under her leadership, St. Joseph’s mental health services has grown exponentially and has led the way in providing mental health services to those most in need in the Central New York community. 

In this role, she has been applying her knowledge of Baldrige principles and quality and employee development to help advance the organization’s readiness to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

A resident of Skaneateles, Welch holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Le Moyne College and is an alumnus of Leadership Greater Syracuse, Class of 2003. She also is a member of the boards of directors for Catholic Charities of Onondaga County and the Le Moyne College Board of Regents.