Garnet Health Executive Leadership

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At Garnet Health we recognize the impact that talented professionals have on the lives of our patients. Learn more about the exceptional individuals that comprise Garnet Health's Executive Leadership Team that drive our organization to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional healthcare.

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

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Alfred Pilong, Jr. (RPh, MDiv, MBA, FACHE) 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 amassed over his more than 30 year career in healthcare. Mr. Pilong currently serves as the President & CEO of Garnet Health, a three-hospital healthcare delivery system located in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley.  Before joining Garnet Health in January of 2022, he most recently served as CEO of Novant Health UVA Health System in Warrenton, VA., now known as UVA Community Health. 

Prior to his role at UVA Community Health, Mr. Pilong served for six years as President of Munson Medical Center, a 450-bed tertiary level regional referral center. He was also the Chief Operating Officer of Munson Healthcare, a nine-hospital system based in Traverse City, MI.

Prior to that, he served for eight years in progressive senior leadership roles for Valley Health, a six-hospital healthcare system based in Winchester, VA.  He ultimately held the role of President for Valley Health’s flagship hospital, Winchester Medical Center, as well as Senior Vice President for the health system with oversight of all centers of excellence including heart and vascular services, orthopedics, and neurosciences. 

Additionally, Mr. Pilong spent 13 years holding multiple senior leadership roles at Bayhealth in Delaware, and clinical positions at Kent General in Delaware.  His career began in NJ as a community pharmacist as well as spending time in NYC as a hospital staff pharmacist.

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

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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
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Garnet Health

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Rosemary Baczewski is responsible for system oversight of all hospital services and 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 where she previously held the position of Chief Clinical Officer, 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.
 


William Dauster
Chief Development Officer, Garnet Health &
President, Garnet Health Foundation

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William Dauster is the Chief Development Officer for Garnet Health and is responsible for major donor cultivation and solicitation and for oversight of the system’s grants process.  He also serves as the President of 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 Fundraising Professionals, Westchester Chapter. He has also been elected to the Vision Hudson Valley Board of Trustees.
 


Jerry Dunlavey
Vice President of Operations, Garnet Health &
Chief Operating Officer, Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills

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Jerry Dunlavey serves as Vice President of Operations for Garnet Health and is the Chief Operating Officer for Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills. In his role as Vice President of Operations, he is responsible for system wide operations of Professional Services including Pharmacy, Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging, Security, Environmental Services, and Food & Nutrition Services. As Chief Operating Officer, Jerry is responsible for the daily operations of GHMC-Catskills’ two Sullivan County campuses located in Harris and Callicoon.   Mr. Dunlavey has over 23 years of healthcare leadership experience with the most recent years spent working within an integrated health system.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Dunlavey was the founding executive for Garnet Health Doctors, the health system’s employed medical group.  In this role, 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 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.  Garnet Health Doctors has since grown to more than 25 different clinical specialties and over 185 clinical providers.

As part of his role with Garnet Health Doctors, Mr. Dunlavey served as the senior executive responsible for the development and accreditation of seven ACGME accredited Residency Programs including Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Transitional Year, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Neurology.  In addition to hosting more than 100 Residents annually, the department provides another 100 medical students with robust third and fourth year clinical rotations.

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

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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.
 


Leroy C. Floyd, MD, CPE, FACP, FHM
Chief Medical Officer, Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills

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Dr. Leroy Floyd joined Garnet Health Doctors as a Hospitalist in 2015. As CMO at Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Dr. Floyd oversees all medical care provided. He is also Medical Director of Hospitalist Services for Garnet Health and Vice-President of Medical Staff for Garnet Health Medical Center. He has held numerous leadership roles during his tenure, most recently as the Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine and Member-at-Large of the Medical Executive Committee from 2020 to 2021, and Chair of the Garnet Health Doctors Physicians Advisory Council from 2018-2021. 

Dr. Floyd is also deeply involved in academia, teaching as a clinical faculty member in Garnet Health Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency program. He is also a current Physician Assistant Preceptor for Touro, NYIT, Clarkson University and PACE University, and the Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Floyd is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Florida State University and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Floyd was Chief Medical Resident at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School-East Orange Veterans Hospital and earned his MBA from the University of Massachusetts and is also a Certified Physician Executive.


James P. Grigg
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Garnet Health

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James P. Grigg is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the system an oversees all areas related to revenue and expenses. He is responsible for Patient Registration, Supply Chain, Hospital and Physician Billing, Patient Access, Coding, Clinical Documentation and Improvement, real estate and construction. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Grigg leads financial reporting, budgeting, accounting, decision support, supply chain functions and the revenue cycle process for the system.

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
Executive Vice President of Corporate Services &
Chief Human Resources Officer, Garnet Health

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Joanne Huber-Sturans is Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Human Resource Officer for the system and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Human Resources including Organizational Learning & Development Department, the Volunteer Department and Occupational Health and Wellness. Additionally, she is responsible for Community Health, Strategic Planning, Corporate Communications, Marketing, Administrative Services and Information Technology Services. As Chief Human Resource Officer, 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.

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. Her healthcare career also includes serving as the Director of Human Resources at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, New York and working in Human Resources at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. Ms. Huber-Sturans has also held various leadership positions in the private sector.

Ms. Huber-Sturans received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marist College and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Mercy College. She earned her national certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a Senior Certified Human Resources 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
Vice President Patient Care Services &
Chief Nursing Officer, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills

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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
Chief Medical Officer, Garnet Health Medical Center

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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
President & Chief Medical Officer, Garnet Health Doctors

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Izabela Nowosielski, MD, is President & Chief Medical Officer for Garnet Health Doctors and is responsible for the overall quality and operation of the medical group and patient experience. Dr. Nowosielski provides clinical leadership to the physicians that report to her and 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, she 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.

Dr. Nowosielski received her Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY and is Board-certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, in New Haven, CT. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Prior to joining Garnet Health, Dr. Nowosielski was Chief of Hospital Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, an associate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
 


Nicole Sewell, CMSRN, CCRN, NE-BC
Interim Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Garnet Health Medical Center

Nicole Sewell, CMSRN, CCRN, NE-BC is Interim Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services for Garnet Health Medical Center. She is responsible for all nursing clinical operations.

Ms. Sewell started her career at Arden Hill Hospital in 1990 as a registered nurse and has more than 30 years combined experience caring for patients in many areas such as Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Progressive Care and Critical Care.

Throughout her tenure with the organization, Ms. Sewell has held several nursing leadership positions and has been instrumental in several projects, most notably establishing the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) in collaboration with Nursing Professional Development, frontline staff and the ICU medical leadership team. She has served as Secretary and Chair of the Nursing Leadership Advisory Council, Chair of the Garnet Health Community Committee and has led projects such as Nurse Leader Mentorship and Food Insecurity and assisted in the implementation of the Garnet Health Medical Center Nursing Assistant Program in 2021. She is also an adjunct Nursing Instructor for Orange County Community College and is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Ms. Sewell also served as a member of the team that managed the Garnet Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic program. Ms. Sewell holds a Master's Degree in Nursing Administration and earned certifications in Med-Surg (CMSRN), Critical Care (CCRN) and Nurse Executive (NE-BC).


David Smith
Vice President Marketing & Strategic Planning, Garnet Health

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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.
 


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