Garnet Health Executive Leadership

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At Garnet Health, formerly known as Greater Hudson Valley Health System, we recognize the impact that the talented professionals on our team have on the lives of our patients. Come meet and learn more about the exceptional individuals of the Garnet Health's Executive Leadership - listed below - that have such an impact on our organization and system.

Alfred E. Pilong, Jr. - President & CEO, Garnet Health and CEO, Garnet Health Medical Center

Mr. Pilong started his healthcare career as a pharmacist. He has an extensive history of executive healthcare leadership positions in complex health systems and has an impressive array of experience. Mr. Pilong most recently served as CEO of Novant Health UVA Health System in Warrenton, VA., now known as UVA Community Health. Under his leadership, the multi-hospital health system achieved accolades that include a Leap Frog Hospital Safety Grade of “A” for all acute care facilities, as well as national recognition for clinical quality in stroke, hip and knee replacement, heart failure, bariatrics, obstetrics, and cancer services.

Prior to his most recent role at UVA Community Health, Mr. Pilong served for six years as President of Munson Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer of Munson Healthcare, a nine-hospital system in Michigan. While there, he led the system to recognition by U.S. News and World Report as a Best Regional Hospital, achieved a Three-Star ranking from the Society of Cardiac Surgery and received Magnet re-designation for nursing. Prior to Munson, he served as President for Valley Health’s Winchester Medical Center in Virginia where he had administrative oversight of all operations and Centers of Excellence including heart and vascular services, orthopedics, and neurosciences. He has held senior leadership roles at Bayhealth in Delaware, and clinical positions at Kent General in Delaware.

Mr. Pilong received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy, his Master of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary and his MBA from Saint Joseph’s University. He is board certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Joe Anesi - Vice President, General Counsel, Garnet Health

Joe Anesi oversees the office of General Counsel for Garnet Health: a central resource for all legal services and exclusive contact for outside counsel retention and management. He is responsible for all physician, managed care and business contracting; defense of all litigation; providing legal support to all members of the System and advising System Chief Executive Officers and Board of Directors on strategy and governance. Mr. Anesi also oversees the Associate General Counsel and Risk Management division.

Prior to assuming his role within Garnet Health, Mr. Anesi spent more than 23 years practicing law with law firms as well as public, private and not-for-profit corporations. His background includes corporate, regulatory, litigation and healthcare practices.

Mr. Anesi earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Rochester and graduated from the Duke University School of Law. He also has a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Rosemary Baczewski - Chief Clinical Officer, Garnet Health

Rosemary Baczewski is responsible for the overall direction of quality management, performance improvement and patient advocacy for Garnet Health. She is also responsible for ensuring compliance with DNV GL standards, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and National Quality Forum (NQF) initiatives. With an extensive background in Process Improvement, Ms. Baczewski has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the System in 2011, Ms. Baczewski served as the Senior Director of the RN Labor Management Initiative with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes/1199 SEIU Training and Education Fund. She also served as Director of Process Management for Horizon BlueCross/BlueShield of New Jersey, Executive/Managing Consultant for Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems and as a Consulting Director for McFaul & Lyons.

Ms. Baczewski has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Columbia University and a Master's certificate in Strategic Growth and Change from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and is a Lean Expert.


Gene Bernieri - Vice President of Ancillary Systems, Garnet Health

Mr. Bernieri oversees the Garnet Health Medical Center, PT OT Speech, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Food Service and system-wide for Garnet Health Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, Respiratory Care, Wound Care, Diabetes, Sleep,  EVS, and Security departments.

Mr. Bernieri was previously Greater Hudson Valley Health System Diagnostic Imaging Administrator. In this role he developed operational strategy to create system wide efficiencies and a merge plan to gain improved clinical outcomes and economical operating costs.

He joined the organization in 2002 as Administrator of Diagnostic Imaging at Orange Regional Medical Center. Mr. Bernieri graduated from St. Clares Hospital and Health Center School of Radiology Technology and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Business Administration and Management from Empire State College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is licensed in Radiography in New York and California, and is a Registered American Registry of Radiologic Technologist in X-Ray and MRI.

A member of the Association of Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) for many years, Mr. Bernieri obtained Fellow status with the AHRA as well as his Radiology Administrator Certification (CRA). In 2014, the AHRA awarded Mr. Bernieri with the prestigious award for Medical Imaging Excellence at the National Conference in Washington DC. He is a recognized national speaker for the AHRA presenting on numerous occasions at national and local conferences throughout the country. Major National Presentation Topics include “Effective Dashboards”, “MRI Safety Lessons Learned”, “Effective Performance Appraisals” and “TJC Sentinel Alert Radiation Exposure”.

Before joining the organization, Mr. Bernieri was Administrative Director of Diagnostic Imaging/Transportation Services at St. Luke’s /Cornwall Hospital.


Jerry Dunlavey, MBA - Vice President / Executive Director, Garnet Health Doctors

Jerry Dunlavey is the Vice President / Executive Director of Garnet Health Doctors, P.C.  In this role, he is responsible for the strategic planning, business development, and clinical integration of Garnet Health Doctors within the Garnet Health System.  Mr. Dunlavey has over 23 years of healthcare leadership experience with the most recent years spent working within an integrated health system.  As the founding Medical Group executive, he worked collaboratively with multiple health system leaders to establish the corporate and operational structure necessary to support the growth and development of a fully integrated health system physician group.  This included partnerships with several key health system support departments including Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk / Legal, Marketing, and Clinical Support Services.  This framework then supported the clinical integration between Garnet Health Doctors and Garnet Health clinical service lines including Hospital Medicine, Critical Care, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Palliative Care and Trauma / Acute Surgery.  Since its inception December 2014, Garnet Health Doctors has grown exponentially in specialties and providers offered and the number of locations accessible to our communities throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties. 

As part of his current role, Mr. Dunlavey is also the executive responsible for the development and accreditation of six ACGME accredited Residency Programs including Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Transitional Year, Psychiatry, General Surgery, and Emergency Medicine.  In addition, the department provides over 75 medical students with robust third and fourth year clinical rotations and is preparing to launch several Fellowship Training Programs.

Prior to his role as Vice President / Executive Director of Garnet Health Doctors, Mr. Dunlavey was Vice President of Clinical Program Development and Operations at Garnet Health.  In this capacity he was responsible for the growth, development, and operations of several hospital based clinical service lines including cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, neuroscience and medical rehabilitation.  He led numerous business and clinical development initiatives including the growth of the orthopedic department’s Total Joint Program, the development of a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, implementation of Primary Coronary Intervention, and the development of a Pediatric Emergency Department.

Mr. Dunlavey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.  He also holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA.


Craig Filippini - Chief Information Officer, Garnet Health

Craig Filippini is responsible for the oversight of Information Technology, Communications, Health Information Management and Biomedical Engineering for Garnet Health and for the continued advancement of technology for Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills, Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health Doctors.

Mr. Filippini was previously Associate Chief Information Officer at Garnet Health. He was responsible for the Communications and combined Information Technology (infrastructure, financial, and clinical) teams and served as a member of the IT Innovation and Technology committees.

Mr. Filippini joined the organization in 2016 as Administrator of Information Technology. He was responsible for the Information Technology Technical teams and the Communications department. He earned both his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Mount Saint Mary College. Mr. Filippini holds numerous certifications including IT Enterprise Administrator from Microsoft, and IT Service Management. Before joining Garnet Health, he was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at SRSsoft, a national Electronic Health Record company.


Gerard J. Galarneau, MD, MMM - President, Garnet Health Doctors

Dr. Gerard Galarneau joined Garnet Health in 2013 as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer for Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills and was appointed to President of Garnet Health Doctors in 2017.

Under his leadership, successes at Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills have included the transformation of 50 percent triple bedded rooms to private and semi-private; increases in employee engagement and patient satisfaction; Stroke Center designation, 5 Star Healthgrades Award for Stroke and treatment of Myocardial Infarction, Bariatric Surgery and Oncology Accreditation.

Dr. Galarneau, Board-certified in Urology, practices with Garnet Health Doctors in Harris, NY. He has been an active Garnet Health Medical Center medical staff member since March of 2000. Dr. Galarneau has served in leadership positions at Garnet Health Medical Center since 2002. He was the Vice-Chair of the Department of Urology from 2002- 2004 and Chairman from 2005-2006. He was the Chairman of Staff from 2007-2008 and has held the position of Chief of Staff since January of 2009.

Dr. Galarneau graduated with a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton, received his medical degree from New York Medical College and held residencies in General Surgery and Urology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s degree in Medical Management.

Dr. Galarneau is an active member of the American Urological Association, the Medical Society of Orange and Sullivan County and serves on the board of directors for the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. He was the recipient of the 2015 Walter A. Rhulen Award; 2015 Triple Crown Garnet Health Quality and Patient Safety Award; featured in The Sullivan County Democrat’s Men At Work special section and the recipient of the 2016 Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Achievement Award. During his career, Dr. Galarneau has been listed by Becker’s Hospital Review as a top 110 Physician Leader of Hospitals and Health Systems.


James P. Grigg - Chief Financial Officer, Garnet Health

James P. Grigg is Garnet Health’s new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Grigg has been Garnet Health’s Interim Chief Financial Officer since June 2017 and has led financial reporting, budgeting, accounting, decision support and supply chain functions for the System. In his new role, he is also responsible for the revenue cycle process.

Mr. Grigg holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 30 years of experience in healthcare finance, accounting and reporting.


Joanne Huber-Sturans - Chief Human Resources Officer, Garnet Health

Joanne Huber-Sturans is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Human Resources strategy and management for Garnet Health. Ms. Huber-Sturans has over 22 years’ experience in Human Resources and leadership with the majority of that time being spent in healthcare and hospital systems. In addition to Human Resources oversight, Ms. Huber-Sturans also oversees the Organizational Learning and Development Department, the Volunteer Department and Occupational Health and Wellness for the health system.

Prior to joining the system in 2013, Ms. Huber-Sturans was Vice President of Human Resources at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York which was part of the Stellaris Health System. Prior to working at Phelps, Ms. Huber-Sturans was the Director of Human Resources at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, New York and  also worked in Human Resources at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York and prior to that worked in the private sector in various leadership roles.

Joanne received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marist College and holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Mercy College. She also holds a national certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified HR Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the National Society for Human Resources. Ms. Huber-Sturans is a national and local member of the Society for Human Resources; serves as a member of the Statewide Human Resources Advisory Council through the Healthcare Association of New York and is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Suzanne Lange Ahmed, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, RN-BC, CCM - Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care Services, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills

Ms. Lange Ahmed has been with the organization for 28 years and previously served as Administrator, Nursing Operations and Care Management Services where she had direct oversight of Critical Care, Medical/Surgical units, Surgical Services, Sterile Processing, Nursing Administration, Contracted Dialysis Services, Case Management and Rape Intervention and Education departments.

In her role as Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care Services, Ms. Lange-Ahmed maintains clinical and patient-care standards. This includes ensuring that the patients are safe in the hospital and have access to the right medical care. She is also responsible for formulating and implementing new nursing strategies.

Ms. Lange-Ahmed began her career as a staff nurse and received Associates degrees in Applied Science in Nursing and in Para legalism from Sullivan County Community College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Delhi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Norwich University with a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration.


Pamela Murphy, MD - Interim Chief Medical Officer of Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills

Dr. Pamela Murphy has been an Emergency Medicine physician in our community since 1993. She came to Garnet Health Medical Center in 2013 as an Emergency Medicine physician with Schumacher Group and for the past five years has served as Physician Advisor and Vice President of Emergency Services and Observation Medicine. Dr. Murphy also serves as the EMS Medical Director of the Hudson Valley Region, and is the Medical Director for the Orange County Department of Health. 

Dr. Murphy received her Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry / Biology from California State University, her Medical Degree from St. George's University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY and is a Board Certified Fellow if the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Murphy is currently pursing her MBA.


Izabela Nowosielski, MD, FHM, MBA - Chief Medical Officer, Garnet Health Doctors

Izabela Nowosielski, MD, FHM, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer for Garnet Health Doctors. In this role, Dr. Nowosielski oversees the clinical affairs of Garnet Health Doctors and all Garnet Health Doctors clinical leadership positions report to her. She facilitates the development of strategies related to vision, culture, performance expectations as well as professional development and talent acquisition for the practice. In addition, Dr. Nowosielski is responsible for oversight of NCQA standards at Garnet Health ambulatory practice sites and leads efforts to develop and expand meaningful change around patient safety and quality. As a visionary leader in healthcare, Dr. Nowosielski has achieved success through promoting patient-centered care, strategic collaboration and advancing physician leadership within the organization.

Dr. Nowosielski previously served as Medical Director for Garnet Health Doctors Hospitalist Program as well as Director of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness.

She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received her Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Downstate, in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Nowosielski completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, in New Haven, CT. She holds Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to joining the Garnet Health, Dr. Nowosielski was Chief of Hospital Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, a 320-bed acute care teaching hospital located in Englewood, NJ, associated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


Jim Oxley, DO - Chief Medical Officer, Garnet Health Medical Center

Dr. Jim Oxley is responsible for leading the overall integration and coordination of medical care with physicians, providing medical expertise, advocating for medical staff and partnering on quality initiatives for Garnet Health and Garnet Health Medical Center.

Dr. Oxley has been with Garnet Health Medical Center since 1981, starting his tenure as a staff physician in the Emergency Department at Arden Hill Hospital. He maintains privileges to practice emergency and internal medicine at Garnet Health Medical Center. In 2010, Dr. Oxley was appointed an executive leadership role with Garnet Health to which he provides medical staff leadership and oversight for all member hospitals. Dr. Oxley is also the Director of Medical Education for Garnet Health Medical Center’s Medical and Graduate Residents under NYCOMEC.

From 1981 to 1985, he was Chief of the Internal Medicine Clinic at Keller Army Hospital in West Point. In 1985, he became the Chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Arden Hill Hospital, which later merged with Horton Hospital to form Garnet Health Medical Center, and held the position until 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Oxley was Chairman of Staff and, in 2006, he became Chief of Staff. In 2008, he became the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Garnet Health Medical Center. In this position, he provides leadership to the medical staff and an overall medical perspective and expertise to the administration. He is also responsible for integration and coordination of medical care in collaboration with leaders in various departments and physicians privileged to practice at Garnet Health Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Oxley volunteered his time as a member of Garnet Health Medical Center’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008 and has been a member of the Garnet Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2004. He is also a member physician on the Orange County Board of Health Advisory Board.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the Army as a Special Services Officer. He also served in the medical corps as an internal medicine physician. Dr. Oxley is a graduate of The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians.


Jonathan Schiller - Chief Executive Officer, Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills

Mr. Schiller was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills in 2017, providing executive leadership for our Harris and Callicoon hospital campuses, as well as health system-wide executive support for the Hospitalist, Intensivist, Psychiatry and Emergency Management services. He originally joined Garnet Health in 2004 as Administrator of Revenue Cycle Management and was later promoted to Vice President and Site Administrator of the Arden Hill Hospital Campus.  In 2009, he was promoted to Vice President of Hospital Operations in which he oversaw operations on the Arden Hill Hospital and Horton Medical Center Campuses in addition to providing organizational leadership to multiple ancillary departments. After overseeing the relocation of those two hospital campuses into one new hospital building in 2011, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in which he oversaw daily operation of Garnet Health Medical Center.

Prior to joining Garnet Health, Mr. Schiller was the Director of Patient Accounting at New York University Medical Center, and a member of Cap Gemini, Ernst and Young's national healthcare consulting practice, with specific areas of focus in hospital revenue cycle management and financial turn-around projects. He volunteers his time as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, and Christ Health Care Ministry.

Mr. Schiller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Services from LeMoyne College and has Master of Health Systems Administration degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. 


David Smith - Vice President Marketing and Strategic Planning, Garnet Health

Mr. Smith leads the development and updating of the System’s Strategic Plan, annual Implementation Plan and community health plans as well as outreach, marketing and public relations strategies, business development, product/service line growth and development, and government/regulatory affairs. He will also work closely with the Garnet Health Doctors leadership to enhance growth strategies.

Mr. Smith has over 35 years of healthcare experience in hospitals and healthcare systems. Prior to joining Garnet Health, Mr. Smith was Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Network Development Officer at Stamford Health in Stamford, CT. At Stamford Health he led the development of the System’s Strategic Plan, annual Strategic Action Plan, Facility Master Plan, Medical Staff Development Plan, and implementation of a multi-site ambulatory network, joint ventures, heart, cancer and orthopedic affiliations, new replacement hospital campus, medical office building, and employed medical group.

Mr. Smith previously served as Senior Vice President, System Development and Executive Vice President, Suburban Health Enterprises at Suburban Hospital Health Care System in Bethesda, Maryland, Senior Vice President Planning and Marketing at Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore Maryland, and Director of Regulatory Affairs at Alta Bates Health System, Berkeley, California.

Mr. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Public Health Degree from the University of Missouri. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, and has held numerous Board leadership positions in local community agencies.


Debora Snyder, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CEN - Chief Nursing Officer / Vice President Patient Care Services, Garnet Health Medical Center 

In her role as Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Ms. Snyder maintains clinical and patient-care standards. This responsibility includes ensuring that patients are cared appropriately in a safe and healing environment within our hospital.  She is also responsible for formulating and implementing new nursing strategies, to lead to successful patient outcomes.

Ms. Snyder was previously Vice President of Nursing where she was responsible for Emergency Services, Observation Care (CDA/2West), Behavioral Health Unit, and Neuroscience.

Ms. Snyder holds several certifications by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive Advanced – Board Certified (NEA-BC) and by the Emergency Nurse Association (ENA) Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN). She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing, majoring in Nurse Executive from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and her Bachelor of Science Degree from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Emergency Nurse Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, and New York Organization of Nurse Executive Leaders. 


William Dauster - President, Garnet Health Foundation

William Dauster is responsible for major donor cultivation and solicitation for the Garnet Health Foundation.

Mr. Dauster has a broad array of experience in philanthropy, specializing in fundraising development. Prior to joining Garnet Health Medical Center, he was Vice President of Marketing and Development for Hudson Valley Hospital Center where he was responsible for foundation operations, capital campaign and revenue growth. Additionally, Mr. Dauster was responsible for marketing, public, community, government and physician relations. He completed a $16 million campaign at Hudson Valley Hospital Center and a $20 million campaign for a replacement facility for Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey.

Mr. Dauster received his Master of Science degree in Specialized Journalism - Industrial Advertising & Public Relations from NYU Polytechnic University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from William Paterson University. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and founding President of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Westchester Chapter. He has also been elected to the Vision Hudson Valley Board of Trustees.

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