Mississauga/West Toronto, ON (November 24, 2011) The Credit Valley Hospital (CVH) and Trillium Health Centre (THC) today jointly announced the formation of a new 14 member Board of Directors and a new Board Chair in preparation of the two hospitals legally merging on November 30th, 2011.
Ms. Jagoda Pike, a senior business leader with extensive Board experience will become the new Chair of the Board of Directors. The new Board will govern the newly merged organization and replace the existing Boards of each hospital.
Ms. Pike is a senior business leader whose career has spanned the private and public sectors as well as community and volunteer activities. Recently, she was President and COO of the successful 2015 Pan American Games bid for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and previously she was Publisher of the Toronto Star and President, Star Media Group.
“We believe the merger will give us the critical mass to meet the growing demands of our community for years to come,” said Ms. Pike. “In fact, working together, and with careful planning, we will become a world-class, community-based academic health network that delivers the best patient-centred care to our growing community, closer to home.”
“The new Board has been carefully structured to ensure continuity and the diversity of experience and skills needed to help us achieve this vision,” said Ms. Pike. “A number of founding members from both hospitals are continuing on with us. They, along with new members, who bring fresh perspectives, will help us bridge from the strong hospitals we have today to the new exciting future ahead.”
The following are members of the new Board, which will meet for the first time on November 29th: Alan Torrie, Vice-Chair; Nicholas Zelenczuk, Treasurer; Sacha Ghai; Joanne Rogers; William Rogers; Neil Skelding; Pam Turner; Karen Wensley; Tim McGuire; Edward Sellers; Wayne Bossert; Lee Stem; Fred Kuntz. (Biographies and photos are attached.)
“This integration, designed to improve health services and address current challenges, underscores the importance of working together to strengthen health care services for the people we serve in Mississauga Halton. There has been an extraordinary amount of work accomplished over the past several months and we would like to acknowledge and thank the Board members of both hospitals for their dedication in guiding the merger to this point,” said Graeme Goebelle, Chair of Board of the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network. “As volunteer boards, their hard work reflects a deep commitment to local health care and they deserve the highest appreciation and thanks, as we move forward with Partnering for Patients.”
The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre today also announced that they received final approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the formal merger of the two hospitals on November 30th, with December 1st, 2011 being the first day of operation as a new organization.
“Receiving approval from the Minister of Health today was the final step in an intensive process of due diligence and community and internal consultation,” said Bill Rogers, the outgoing Chair of THC. “Over these past months, we have been spending time engaging staff, physicians, health partners and many community members. Our intention was to understand what is truly important to all concerned, and the feedback we received was central to our decision-making as we considered the opportunities and potential risks of bringing the two hospitals together.”
“Thousands of residents of Mississauga and West Toronto – including the more than 11,000 who participated our Tele-Town Hall - provided feedback. What they said has reaffirmed the vision behind the decision to merge,” said Neil Skelding, outgoing Chair of CVH.
Mr. Skelding also stated, “Our first priority now and always is the quality of care we provide our patients. Our integration process will be gradual, and require careful planning as well as further consultation with our staff, volunteers and physicians as well as our health partners and community. We are committed to ensuring we continue to meet the health care needs of the more than one million residents of Mississauga and West Toronto.”
An executive search is underway, open to both internal candidates and external candidates nation-wide, to fill the CEO position at the new hospital. Until new leadership is selected, the current leadership of Credit Valley and Trillium will continue to oversee the delivery of excellent patient care. Michelle DiEmanuele will continue as site CEO of CVH and Ruby Brown will serve as the Acting site CEO of Trillium beginning on December 1st, 2011 as Janet Davidson announced earlier this fall she will be stepping down. Dr. Gopal Bhatnagar will remain as Chief of Staff of Trillium and Dr. Matt Gysler will continue in his role as Chief of Staff of CVH.
The new organization – which will be known as ‘The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre’ until a new name is chosen – will be the largest community-based academic health network in Ontario.
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