Catholic Health names Sullivan as new CEO

Catholic Health has named a longtime executive as its new CEO: Mark Sullivan will assume the post on March 1, moving up from executive vice president and chief operating officer. The appointment recognizes Sullivan’s tenure in the No. 2 role under Joe McDonald, who announced his retirement in September. He was selected from among 30 applicants following a national search. William Buscaglia Jr., board chair since 2015, said selecting someone from within provides a stabilizing influence. “He…

Rural WNY hospitals to receive $9 million from feds

New legislation at the federal level will provide rural hospitals with $9 million over the next five years, helping to relieve at least a little bit of funding uncertainty. The funds come through the extension of two programs that were included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Both programs expired last October.  The Low-Volume Hospital (LVH) program provides funding to the rural hospitals deemed critical to the community but may not serve a high volume of patients. The Medicare-Dependent…

North Tonawanda man pleads guilty to $45M health care billing scheme

A North Tonawanda man has pled guilty in a $45 million fraud case related to unnecessary compounded medications. Steven Butcher pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez in a Newark, New Jersey federal court to charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and violations of the anti-kickback statute. According to the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office, Butcher was formerly a pharmaceutical sales representative who went on to become owner/operator of MedMax LLC, a marketing…

Shaw Festival shows back on at Shea’s 710 Main

The show must — and will — go on, despite a one-day delay. A snafu with work visas that resulted in the cancellation of a Shaw Festival performance Thursday night at 710 Main Theatre was resolved early Friday morning. Shea’s Performing Arts Center CEO Michael Murphy told Business First its partners from the Ontario-based Shaw Festival are on their way to Buffalo to prepare for Friday night’s performance at 8 p.m. of “Master Harold... And the Boys,” followed by two more shows this weekend. “They’re…