Albany – State University of
New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced the appointment of Lora
Lefebvre as SUNY associate vice chancellor for health affairs. Lefebvre
currently serves as deputy director of the New York State Department of Health’s
Office of Health Systems Management.
“Lora Lefebvre comes to SUNY with years of experience within New York’s
healthcare system and the many hospitals across the state that provide high
standards of patient care to our communities,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As a
healthcare management professional with vast knowledge of the state’s
policies and resources and a SUNY alum, Lora will be an outstanding addition to
our leadership team and I look forward to working with her.”
"I am honored to join the Chancellor and her team to assist SUNY's health
science centers and hospitals in meeting the goals of achieving excellence in
the academic and research arenas while maximizing the opportunities offered by
healthcare reform at both the State and Federal levels,” said Lefebvre. “These
institutions are valuable assets to their regions, SUNY, and the State and can
participate meaningfully in the changes and challenges that all involved in
healthcare face today."
As associate vice chancellor for health affairs, Lefebvre will be responsible
for leading the Office of Academic Health and Hospital Affairs at SUNY System
Administration. In that capacity, she will support the mission and operations
of SUNY's four Academic Health Centers, the College of Optometry, and the Long
Island State Veterans' Home, by providing consultative assistance with policy
formulation and strategic planning and implementation. Additionally, in her
role to provide support and recommendations to the SUNY Board of
Trustees and its Committee on Academic Medical Centers & Hospitals,
Lefebvre will focus on hospital finances and operations, and facilitate
reports on quality improvement programs at these facilities.
Lefebvre will succeed Kathleen Preston, who was with SUNY from 2008
through November of this year, and recently took a position with New York
About Lora Lefebvre
Lora Lefebvre is the current deputy director of the New York State
Department of Health’s Office of Health Systems Management, a position she has held
since January 2010. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing
recommendations and responses to hospital and clinic insolvency,
restructuring, and work outs. Her duties also include overseeing and making
recommendations for distribution of Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability
(HEAL) funds and Restructuring Pool loans, and coordinating hospital and clinic
program policy development with Medicaid.
From June 2008 to January 2010, Lefebvre served as assistant director of health
care financing in the DOH Office of Health Insurance Programs. In this
position, she worked on a team with the State Medicaid Director, Director and
staff to develop, negotiate and implement significant Medicaid rate reform for
hospitals and nursing homes, including the framework for provider transition
plans; and developed policies to facilitate access to capital for health care
providers, including new proposals for funds (HEAL NY).
Prior, Lefebvre was Deputy Secretary for Public Finance and Local Government
(July 2007-June 2008) in the Governor’s Office; managing director of portfolio
management (2003- June 2007) and senior public finance analyst (September
1995-1997) for the NYS Dormitory Authority; and served in several positions
(1986-1995) at the NYS Division of Budget.
Lefebvre is a SUNY alumnus, with a Masters in Public Administration,
concentration in Finance, from the University at Albany, and she also has a
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Alfred University.
Lefebvre’s appointment will begin
in January at an annual salary of $175,000.
About the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and
certificate programs, and nearly 2 million in workforce and professional
development programs, on 64 campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni
worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.