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ECMC’s Cleland fine-tunes team with Health Care Executive Appointments – Hoffman to serve as Chief Operating Officer; Jacobia as Chief People Officer

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation Board Chair Kevin Hogan and CEO Rich Cleland today publicly announce the appointments of Mary Laski Hoffman, RN, MBA, FACHE, as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Julia Culkin-Jacobia as Chief People Officer.

Mary Laski Hoffman has served as ECMC senior vice president of operations since July 2014. Before coming to ECMC, she was Chief Operating Officer for Lawley Benefits Group (2009-2013). Prior to this, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kenmore Mercy Hospital (KMH) (2004-2009). With over 20 years of experience at Kenmore Mercy and the Catholic Health System (CHS) combined, Hoffman served in roles including: Vice President of Professional Affairs for CHS (1999-2004); Vice President of Professional Services at KMH (1990-1999) and Director of Quality Review Activities at KMH (1988-1990).

Mary Laski Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Niagara University and a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management. She became a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) in 2007.
“Mary has extensive health care experience and expertise. Over the past year, Mary’s performance and leadership at ECMC and within the community has identified her as the ideal candidate for the role of chief operating officer for ECMC,” explained Richard C. Cleland, MPA, FACHE, NHA, Chief Executive Officer, ECMC Corp.

Julia Culkin-Jacobia will serve ECMC in a senior administrative position encompassing responsibility for the Human Resource function throughout the Corporation. Her position involves aligning ECMC’s business strategy with the HR strategy, focusing on building a culture of accountability with teammates who are patient-service oriented, friendly, results-driven, innovative, and committed to excellence.
Prior to joining ECMC, Julia Culkin-Jacobia served as Director of Global Compensation and Benefits for Greatbatch, Inc. in Buffalo, NY (3/2014-6/2015). For Syncore, Inc., she performed as Vice President of Administration and Vice President of Human Resources in Buffalo, NY (2004-2013). Before this, she served as Compensation Manager for the Delaware North Companies in Buffalo, NY (2004). She was a Senior Compensation Analyst for Pitney Bowes in Stamford, Connecticut (2000-2001).

Julia Culkin-Jacobia received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was recognized as one of the Women of Influence (2013) and Human Resource Executive of the Year for Mid-Size Company (2012). She is a Board Member of the American Heart Association.

“Julia is a versatile human-resources executive with hands-on experience in diverse industries. She is a team-builder, knowledgeable in personnel issues and organizational development,” said CEO Cleland. “She encourages learning and promotes increased productivity that results in value-added customer service.”

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