Helen Hayes Hospital Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

September 18, 2012

Helen Hayes Hospital has announced the appointment of Lori Meszler as Chief Financial Officer. She will be responsible for managing all of the rehabilitation hospital’s fiscal departments, as well as Information Technology and Admissions, and will serve as the Administrator of Record for the hospital’s Subacute Rehabilitation Unit/Skilled Nursing Facility.

Ms. Meszler brings to her new assignment a wealth of experience in the health care and financial fields. She joins Helen Hayes from the New York State Veterans Home at Oxford, where she served in a series of positions with increasing responsibility over 29 years. Ms. Meszler was the Chief Financial Officer at the Veterans Home for 17 years before becoming the Assistant Administrator in 2010.

Ms. Meszler earned a bachelor’s degree in business adminsstration from Siena College. She succeeds Richard Buhowski, who recently retired after fifteen years as the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer.

“I am honored to be appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer of Helen Hayes Hospital,” says Ms. Meszler. “The hospital has an established reputation for excellence and is a national leader in rehabilitation medicine. I look forward to working with both the clinical and non-clinical staff, who are all clearly dedicated to providing phenomenal patient care.”

Val S. Gray, the Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer says, “We are so pleased to welcome Lori to HHH.  With her expertise and knowledge, she will undoubtedly be making valuable contributions to the operations of our hospital and to the environment of excellence that we foster here.”

Operated by the New York State Department of Health, Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading specialty physical rehabilitation centers. Founded in 1900, the hospital is affiliated with The NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is capable of caring for patients with the most complex and challenging disabilities. It has 155 inpatient beds, a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation service, as well as many specialized therapeutic programs and services. In 1980, the hospital was renamed in honor of the Broadway and film actress Helen Hayes, who served on the Board of Visitors at the hospital from 1944 until her death in 1993.