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Kaleida hires project manager to help plan Children's Hospital move

A former senior nursing director of a Virginia Children's Hospital has been hired to oversee and help plan for the big move in November to the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Cassandra Church last week joined the team at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo as its move clinical project manager and director of its neonatal intensive care unit.

The new position is designed to support clinical staff as massive preparations are made to get ready for the move to the new hospital building. Church will be responsible for ensuring the safe relocation of all hospital patients and staff.

“Cassie brings with her a wealth of expertise and experience in critical care and transition management,” Dianne Charsha, chief nursing and chlinical operations officer at Children’s Hospital, said in a statement announcing the hire. “I am confident that her contributions will be highly valued by our clinical team.”

As head of the neonatal intensive care unit, Church will be responsible for working with the team to support its vision and a smooth transition to single-room care, including the integration of technology and change in workflows leading to better patient care and outcomes.

Church comes to Buffalo from Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital in Falls Church, Va., where she was the senior director of nursing for children’s services. She was involved in the move of five inpatient pediatric units to a new hospital tower. In addition, Church managed the transition from pod to single room neonatal intensive care in two large tertiary centers.

A certified neonatal intensive care unit nurse, Church holds a master's degree in nursing with an emphasis on health care systems management from Loyola University in New Orleans; a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Louisville and a bachelor's degree in sociology from North Carolina State University.

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