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Middletown, N.Y. – The Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Lieto, MBA, has been named Chief Physician Strategy Officer. Joanne Ritter-Teitel, PhD, RN, CEA-BC, has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer.

As Chief Physician Strategy Officer, Mr. Lieto will lead the Physician Integration effort at both Orange Regional and Catskill Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Lieto has an extensive background in Operations, Strategic Planning, Business Development and Physician Practice Management. Prior to joining Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Mr. Lieto was Vice President, Ambulatory Services and Strategic Development for The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive of the Valley Health Medical Group and Physician Enterprise. Within these roles, Mr. Lieto established and managed a 12-location ambulatory network. In addition, his experience included responsibilities across major clinical service lines such as: Ambulatory Care; Oncology; Cardiothoracic; Cardiovascular Center of Excellence; Bariatric Surgery; Neurosciences and free-standing surgical centers.

Mr. Lieto has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Wagner College and a Master’s Business Administration Degree in Health Care Administration from the City University of New York.

As Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Ritter-Teitel is responsible for providing nursing leadership throughout the system as well as oversight for nursing practice, nursing standards and patient care delivery.

Dr. Ritter-Teitel most recently served as Chief Nurse Executive for Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Additionally, she held the position of Nurse Leader at Princeton Healthcare System and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Ritter-Teitel also held positions as a staff nurse, nurse manager, director and consultant, as well as serving in faculty positions at higher educational institutions including Rutgers University. She brings 30 years of experience in the areas of nursing; operations; strategic planning; case management; quality and clinical outcomes. Dr. Ritter-Teitel has authored national publications and peer-reviewed journals on topics such as professional practice environments for nurses in the hospital setting. She also makes frequent presentations at national healthcare conferences.

Dr. Ritter-Teitel holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree in the Delivery of Nursing Services from New York University. She received her PhD in Nursing Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and has served on its Education and Research Committee, Nominating Committee and Publications Committee. Dr. Ritter-Teitel is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society for nursing.

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