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Board of Trustees appoints Norah Holder as new President & CEO

The Collingwood General & Marine Hospital (CGMH) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Norah Holder to the position of President and CEO, effective August 1, 2017.

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"The Board of Trustees is very confident in Mrs. Holder's ability to lead the hospital during this most important, exciting and challenging period of its 130th year. Norah has served as the Vice President of Patient Services and the Chief Nursing Executive since 2009, and currently holds the position of Interim CEO. As demonstrated through her hospital accomplishments and as a leader among our healthcare community partners, she is the voice of the patient. We are fortunate to be able to make this seamless transition to a new President and CEO from within the CGMH organization," says Thom Paterson, Board Chair, CGMH.

During her eight year tenure, Mrs. Holder has managed a portfolio which has included the entire nursing team - Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Obstetrics, Medical and Surgical inpatients, Ambulatory Care, Dialysis, Endoscopy, Nursing Education, Cardio Respiratory, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Medical Device Reprocessing Department, Pharmacy, Lab, Dietary and Community Mental Health.

"We are so fortunate that Norah accepted this position and I'm fully confident in her ability and commitment to CGMH. I know that she has a great vision for this organization and the community, and will continue to lead us on our redevelopment journey with a focus on what programs, services and partnerships will best serve the future needs of our growing South Georgian Bay community," says Dr. Michael Lisi, Chief of Staff, CGMH.

With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Mrs. Holder has developed and sustained strong and successful partnerships and relationships with countless organizations, both at the local and regional level. These partnerships have not only benefited patients in our local community, but the entire region.

With positive results, Mrs. Holder has successfully:
  • Led the integrated NSM LHIN Hip Fracture program, involving internal and external key stakeholder collaboration, to improve upon patient experience and outcomes.
  • Championed an innovative South Georgian Bay Sub Region Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Community based Rehabilitation program in collaboration with the South Georgian Bay Family Health Team, the Simcoe Muskoka YMCA and the Ontario Lung Association.
  • Managed the redesign of the hospital's Emergency Department, See and Treat area and Ambulatory Care clinic to improve patient experience, wait times and flow, within the tight building restraints of present day.
  • Championed the Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC), resulting in successful patient driven/centered initiatives, such as 24-7 visiting hours, the Patient Guide and oversight of the Volunteer Ambassador role.

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