2011 December Commencement Speaker Announced at Trocaire College

BUFFALO, N.Y. -  Trocaire College President Paul B. Hurley, Jr. announced that Jody L. Lomeo, CEO of Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation, will address the December graduating class of 2011 as this year’s commencement speaker.  The commencement will be held on Saturday, December 17th at the University of Buffalo Center for the Arts.  Mr. Lomeo will address over 150 graduates and their families and friends at Trocaire College’s first December Commencement.

Mr. Lomeo, ECMC’s CEO since January 2009, was instrumental in ECMC’s transition from a county department to a New York State Public Benefit Corporation.  He served as Board of Directors Chairman during this transition which led to the remarkable financial turnaround of the ECMC Corporation.  Mr. Lomeo most recently served as vice-chair of the ECMC Corporation board and is also vice-chair of Great Lakes Health System of Western New York, the board New York State created to combine ECMC and Kaleida Health.

After an agreement was reached to form what is now Great Lakes Health System of Western New York during the summer of 2008, Mr. Lomeo made it a priority to build relations with ECMC's new partners, Kaleida Health, Great Lakes Health System of Western New York and the University of Buffalo.  This relationship has resulted in Centers of Excellence for both ECMC and Kaleida and the coordination of clinical programs that will benefit generations of Western New Yorkers.

Mr. Lomeo was also responsible for negotiating historic agreements: a new contract with New York State Nurses Association, a settlement agreement with the County of Erie, and an affiliation agreement with the University of Buffalo.  Specifically, the agreement with the County of Erie created a financial certainty for the taxpayers of Erie County as well as provided resources to serve the uninsured and underinsured patients at ECMC.
One of the most important commitments to medicine in Western New York has been ECMC’s initiatives with regard to physician recruitment and retention.  An idea of Mr. Lomeo’s, ECMC created a $10 million endowment to fund physician recruitment and retention for generations to come.  
Mr. Lomeo received his B.S. degree in finance from the University at Buffalo after two years at Fordham University in the Bronx. He is an active alumnus of St. Joseph Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, and a member of its board of trustees.

Mr. Lomeo is also a board member of the U.S. Small Business Administration Buffalo District Advisory Council, a member of the Western New York Healthcare Association (WNYHA) board and a HealthElink board member.  He has recently been named to the Healthcare Association of New York State, and is involved in many other organizations and charities throughout Western New York. Mr. Lomeo, a Business First “40 Under 40” honoree in 2007, was born and raised in Buffalo.  He lives in East Amherst with his wife Mary and their three sons, John, Vincent, and Joseph.

Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs in healthcare, hospitality and technology.  Trocaire’s main campus in South Buffalo is the hub for healthcare majors while the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business on Transit Road in Lancaster offers programs in hospitality management, dietetic technology, human resource management and computer networking.