Lieto, Jeffrey

Healthcare Management , Faculty

     After receiving his MBA in Health Care Administration from the CUNY/Mount Sinai Medical College program in 1986, Jeff has committed his career to creating change to health delivery systems in a variety of private and public settings, combining the unique skillsets of operational, strategic, and financial management under a Servant Leadership model.  Building, inspiring, and recognizing the value of team work in health care delivery, he has expanded and improved services at health systems in Bergen County, the South Bronx, and lower New York State.  He has also served as the NY State Deputy Director of Healthcare Capital Development, financing the growth and development of many new programs and facilities, and saving the delivery system hundreds of millions of dollars of interest expense.   While working as a senior health executive in the Greater Hudson Valley region, he also participated in some elements of establishing Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Middletown New York Campus, as well as the residency training programs needed to support that school’s accreditation.

     Jeff presently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Premier Medical Alliance, a private for-profit, investor-owned entity, wherein he is responsible for operating a large multispecialty group of physician practices, surgery centers, infusion, pathology, and other services. In this organization of 300 staff, Jeff is responsible for strategy, quality, financial, and operational performance.  He is also helping lead various hospital integration and affiliation strategies.  The group sees almost 200,000 patients each year.

     Immediately prior, Jeff served as Associate Executive Director of Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, a public hospital providing care to the sickest and poorest population in the Northeast.  He went to Lincoln in order to make a difference in population health outcomes, and was responsible for an ambulatory care program of over 75 clinical services, 500,000 annual visits, 200 physicians, residents, fellows, and medical students, one of the nation’s largest trauma centers, and multiple programs to deal with health disparities. 

     Prior to his work at Lincoln, Jeff served at Greater Hudson Valley Health System (Orange Regional Medical Center), a 600-bed, 3-hospital non-profit health system serving Orange and Sullivan Counties in lower New York State. Jeff served as Chief Physician Strategy Officer overseeing clinical programs, physician practices, government affairs and public relations, marketing and key service lines such as cardiology and trauma-center across the three hospital system.  Major accomplishments included establishing the trauma response program and recruiting, establishing the system’s medical group, hiring key physicians and mid-level providers, and developing a primary care strategy.  He also redesigned operational processes for the ICU, Emergency Department, and other key physician program. His major accomplishment coupled his clinical operational, capital finance, and strategic planning skill sets, resulting in the fiscal and operational turnaround of Catskill Medical Center through a comprehensive Sustainability Plan.

    Prior to service at GHVHS, Jeff was Vice President at Valley Health System for 13 years (Valley is a 400+ bed $600m non-profit hospital in Bergen County, NJ with over 4,000 employees).  Jeff built many of Valley’s new programs, services, and locations, including the new campus at the Luckow Pavilion in Paramus, the Blumenthal Cancer Center, the Jacqua Surgery center, their IVF fertility program, high-risk maternity and pediatric specialties, renal dialysis, physician practices, Valley Medical Group, and also had operational responsibility for many hospital departments, such as the laboratories, pharmacy, ambulance, diagnostic imaging, endoscopy and same day surgery, cardiac rehab, outpatient rehab, clinical research, and involvement with academic affiliations at major academic institutions. During the early part of his tenure, Valley was contracted to run the acute care services at Bergen Regional Medical Center, and Jeff oversaw portions of that contract, including the laboratory management contract.

     Jeff also served at the New York State Medical Care Facilities Finance Agency for 6 years, advancing to the role of Deputy Director of Healthcare Capital Development.  His major accomplishments included coordinating the largest FHA-insured health care capital project, for New York Hospital Cornell, resulting in the construction of a new platform over the FRD Drive, and the new Greenberg acute-care hospital pavilion built thereupon.  He also worked on the financing over $1.5 billion of total capital projects, and also led the pooled equipment loan program, and State’s Primary Care Center financing program.  One of his additional major accomplishments was authoring the State’s TELP program (tax-exempt equipment leasing program).  This program allows non-profit hospitals to borrow for capital equipment financings at tax-exempt rates, saving tens of millions of dollars each year to State health facilities.  Today, the program has funded over $3 billion at tax-exempt rates.