System Chief Nursing Officer

Catholic Health | Buffalo, New York 14214

Salary Range: Call for details
Date Posted: January 24, 2024
Opportunity Code: 33648



The Opportunity:

Catholic Health, a $1.1 B health system in Buffalo, New York, announces an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished nurse executive to serve as its inaugural Executive Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer.


As a member of the executive leadership team, the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) will assume an active leadership role with Catholic Health’s governing body, senior leadership, medical staff, management and other clinical leaders in the system’s decision-making structure. Reporting directly to the President & Chief Executive Officer, the CNO is responsible for the strategic, operational and budgetary performance of the Nursing/Care Delivery Services service line, encompassing Nursing, Social Work, Quality, Respiratory Care, and Interpretive Services. The CNO will lead the strategic development of an integrated nursing practice across the health system, ensuring the highest levels of clinical quality and patient safety across the Acute, Ambulatory and Home and Community Care settings.  


In collaboration with clinical leadership and departmental administration, the CNO will set the strategic direction and ensure effective and efficient operations. This new leader will also allocate resources to promote growth and expansion of services, monitor and improve access to services and ensure compliance with all regulatory and payer requirements. The CNO will provide leadership direction to the professional development of the nursing team and collaborate with all levels of nursing staff, interdisciplinary teams, executive leaders, and other stakeholders. 


The Ideal Candidate:

  • BSN and Master’s Degree required in Nursing or Hospital Administration; certification in nursing administration, advanced preferred.
  • Current registration with the New York State Education Department as a Registered Professional Nurse.
  • Minimum of seven years of progressive nursing and senior management experience in healthcare required with ten (10) years of leadership experience preferred.
  • Experience in a multi-facility, unionized healthcare organization strongly preferred.
  • Experience leading care delivery along with the continuum of care, with a preference for effectively leading large -scale ambulatory and/or continuing care clinical operations.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to establish a strong, supportive and effective partnership with union partners and Magnet/PTE.


The Organization:

Catholic Health (“the System”), based in Buffalo, New York, is one of upstate New York’s leading and largest integrated health care systems. The System serves a population of approximately 1.5M people in Erie County, New York, and neighboring counties. With more than 9,000 employees, a 1,600-member medical staff, and net patient service revenue of more than $1.1B, this dynamic health care system provides a comprehensive network of high quality advanced medical care, primary care, post-acute care, and senior services. These programs and services are provided across four member hospitals, multiple ambulatory care sites, four skilled nursing facilities, three home care agencies, a PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) program, and community-based behavioral health services spanning 74 access points across the full continuum of care. 


The Location:

Buffalo, New York is located on the eastern side of Lake Erie near Niagara Falls and the Canadian border. As the second-largest city in New York State, Buffalo has more than one million people living in its metropolitan area. Coined the nickname “The City of Good Neighbors,” Buffalo is notorious for its friendly residents and welcoming sense of community. With its growing population and diverse culture, it is understandable how Buffalo has become such a desirable location for young professionals and families. 


Considered to be one of the best places to live in New York, many people are moving to Buffalo for its affordability, education opportunities, and employment options. Providing its residents with a mixture of urban and suburban living, Buffalo knows how to blend big-city perks with all the conveniences of suburban life. 


Nominations are greatly appreciated and may be sent to:

 Rachael Burns, Vice President

 Ellen Lockhart, MD, Principal

 Heather Van Hecke, Consultant

 Physician and Leadership Solutions - Executive Search

 AMN Healthcare







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