The St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is certainly not stagnant. While it seems our hospital, focused on continuous quality improvement aligned with delivering an excellent patient care experience, is always changing, this past year felt like it may be one for the record books.
In October, we said goodbye to Paul Collins. For over 15 years, Paul led the organization as President & CEO. We are incredibly grateful for everything he has done for OUR hospital and wish him the best in all his future endeavours.
On November 1, we welcomed Dr. Nancy Whitmore to the role of President & CEO. Nancy has been with STEGH since 2008 in the roles of Vice President and Chief of Staff. She has been instrumental in establishing our Lean culture and achieving outstanding results in patient care experience and outcomes. The Board is looking forward to working with Nancy as we embark on the next chapter of excellence for St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.
With Nancy’s transition to President & CEO came a vacancy in the Chief of Staff role and in November, the Board approved the appointment of Dr. Waleed Chehadi as Chief of Staff. Dr. Chehadi has been providing excellent medical care at STEGH since 2008 and the Board was pleased to find an internal candidate to lead the continued pursuit of excellence in quality of care.
The landscape has changed and it won’t be long before our long-awaited redevelopment project is open and operational. In the words of Colin Powell “a dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has had a part in making the dream become reality.
In the last two years our Board members have gone above and beyond, providing countless volunteer hours to so many initiatives, most notably the recruitment process. I am so proud of everything that they have accomplished and the standards they have set for excellence in governance and engagement at STEGH. The Board is always looking for people interested in joining our Board and Board Committees. If you are looking for an outstanding volunteer experience, please consider applying.
I have been honoured and grateful for the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Board of Governors for the last three years. It has been a challenging but highly rewarding experience. In June, Cathy Crane will move from Vice Chair to Chair. She has been working hard to prepare for the role and I am confident she will do an excellent job of leading our Board. I invite you to welcome and support her in her new role.
On behalf of the Board, thank you to the staff, physicians, volunteers, and donors who make it all happen. Congratulations on making STEGH an incredible organization.
Board Chair, Melanie Taylor, alongside Foundation Volunteer and Campaign Chair, Ken Monteith, are shown reviewing renderings of the Great Expansion Redevelopment Project during a community open house held this past year.