The former president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital will come out of retirement to lead staffing at Catholic Health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jim Millard retired in 2018 and will serve as executive leader and incident commander of the health system Staffing Center, established to address the pandemic as it unfolds in the region, Catholic Health President and CEO Mark Sullivan announced Tuesday afternoon.
Sullivan has expressed concerns about maintaining staff at Catholic Health, its five hospitals, long-term care and home health care services. Other health leaders have done the same in a region where schools are closed, Covid-19 testing is limited and the number of positive coronavirus cases continues to climb.
“Jim’s connection to Catholic Health and his love of community run deep, so he is a natural fit for this new role,” Sullivan said in a written statement. “His knowledge of our system and expertise will be invaluable as we diligently work to address this public health crisis.”
Millard also has led Sisters of Charity's St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga, which Catholic Health has designated as its Covid-19 treatment center, capable of handling at least 120 patients who need hospitalization for the respiratory disease. He advocated for that designation and was key to bringing together associates, physicians and the community to make it a reality, Sullivan said.