Leaving Osler ahead by a century

You may not know this about me, but I’m a huge music fan. Earlier this month I had the chance to see one of my favourite bands, The Tragically Hip, take the stage during their final tour. Watching the band play through their catalogue of quintessentially Canadian hits was bittersweet as I knew that this was the end of an era.

While this news is not nearly of the same calibre, many of you have heard that I’ll be leaving Osler this fall. This was not an easy decision to make but it’s the right one.

At Osler, we are committed to providing world-class care closer to home and I’ll have an opportunity to do just that for my own local community in my new role as President and CEO of Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. This move presents an exciting opportunity for me to take the considerable learnings from Osler’s evolution to help create a brand new organization, build a new hospital and improve the health of patients and families in the community my family calls home.

Although this was a very difficult decision, what made it a little bit easier was knowing that Osler is in a great position to continue providing excellent care and services to the community it serves in the Central West. We have an amazing leadership group and wonderful teams throughout Osler that will continue to move forward with the ambitious strategic agenda we have been working so hard to achieve.

In the coming weeks we’re creating a transition plan to set the stage for Joanne Flewwelling, EVP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive, to step into the role of Interim President and CEO. She is a remarkable leader who inspires everyone around her with such Grace, Too (for you Hip fans out there), and her considerable talents will propel Osler to success as we complete Accreditation, open Peel Memorial and expand Etobicoke General. With the strong leadership of Dr. Frank Martino, Dr. Naveed Mohammad and the entire Senior Leadership Team at her side, we can rest assured that Osler is in safe hands.

Osler is incredibly fortunate to have a team of outstanding leaders throughout the organization who are willing to go beyond in times of change.

It’s hard to believe I came to Osler just over six years ago! In that time we’ve dramatically transformed Osler from a community hospital system into a provincial leader in delivering innovative health care. I couldn’t be more proud of our achievements, and this just scratches the surface:

  • Developing our first-ever five year strategic plan, in which you played a critical role;
  • Introducing and expanding clinical programs that are essential to the health of this community;
  • Focusing on the needs of patients and their families to create the best possible experience;
  • Continuing to provide exemplary care in the face of unprecedented volumes; and,
  • Strengthening our administrative and clinical relationships with our system partners.

Together we had the courage to advocate for change to improve our local health care system for patients and their families. It wasn’t always easy but it was our Music at Work :)  Through it all, I’ve enjoyed my time here and will truly miss it.

While I may have been at the helm during this transformational time, our success has been a full team effort including every member of the Osler family – from staff, physicians, and volunteers to our health care partners. We should all be proud of what we’ve achieved together in such a short time to deliver patient-inspired health care without boundaries to everyone who comes through our doors. It has always been a team effort from incredible folks across the entire organization and that won’t change.

Osler is truly a place like none other. I’m confident that with our wonderful team, and holding true to our values, you will continue to do amazing things for patients and families in the Central West region. A final paraphrase of the legendary words of Gord Downie, the work we have all done together to set Osler up for a successful future has put us Ahead by a Century.

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