London hospitals’ CEO Nordal to retire
LONDON, Ont. – After what will be a
41-year career in Canada’s healthcare system, London Health Sciences
Centre and St. Joseph’s Healthcare London CEO Cliff Nordal has announced
he will be stepping down, effective Jan. 1, 2011.
“It is with mixed emotions that I make this announcement. I am very
grateful for the unique opportunities I have had to contribute and to
provide leadership to healthcare in London,” said Nordal.
“I am especially grateful to the staff, physicians and volunteers of
both London hospitals for their dedication and commitment to the
patients they serve each and every day. I want to extend my appreciation
to the entire London community who take great pride in their hospitals
and provide unwavering support to these two great institutions.”
Since 2006, Nordal has served in the unique role of shared CEO for both
London hospitals. His shared role was established to ensure both
hospitals continued to work closely together to complete hospital
restructuring in London while maintaining London’s status as a premiere
academic hospital system.
“Cliff Nordal has provided outstanding leadership to the London
healthcare system. The second major phase of hospital restructuring has
been designed, funded and is well under way to completion, including the
plans for the closure of South Street,” said Bob Siskind, board chair of
London Health Sciences Centre.
“For LHSC, Cliff has provided exemplary leadership, creating a stable
platform for the future. I am delighted that he will be working with us
over the coming months as we prepare for new leadership. On behalf of
the board I want to extend our profound gratitude for his service and
our best wishes for his retirement.”
Nordal first came to London 12 years ago as President and CEO of St.
Joseph’s, where he immediately began to lead the organization through
significant changes in the hospital’s roles and services, including the
mergers of the former London and St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospitals with
St. Joseph’s and the recreation of St. Joseph’s Hospital.
“Cliff has been the change agent our hospital system needed during more
than a decade of rebuilding and renewal,” said Dr. Gerry Killan, chair
of the board of St. Joseph’s. “He has enabled St. Joseph’s to embrace
new roles while upholding the organization’s roots of faith and service.
He is a steadying force and a leader of great integrity, advocating for
not only our hospitals but for the healthcare and academic system as a
whole. We have been blessed with his dedication to excellent,
For 28 of his 41-year leadership career in healthcare, Nordal has held
four hospital CEO positions, making him the longest serving hospital CEO
in Ontario today. Before coming to London, Nordal was CEO at the
Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Throughout his career, Nordal has led the creation of the most
integrated system of hospital care in Ontario. Integration at both the
administrative and clinical levels has enhanced the patient care
experience for London patients, resulting in improved handoffs between
care-giving organizations, reduced duplication of tests, consolidation
of clinical programs, vastly improved facilities and integrated health
information systems, including a diagnostic imaging system that spans
“Although I will miss the hospitals and our work together, I look
forward to a new phase in my life which will enable me to spend more
time with my wife, Patty and my family, pursue travel and explore my
hobbies and interests, including continuing to advocate for Canada’s
healthcare system,” said Nordal.
“However,” he continued, “there is still much to do in the coming year
and I look forward to very productive work with our boards, leadership
teams and our community partners.”
Killan said Nordal will be tough to replace, but with close to
one-year’s notice London hospitals have ample time needed to recruit and
ensure a smooth transition.
“We also appreciate that Cliff has offered to provide the boards with
his full support and counsel as we prepare for the future beyond the
restructuring journey he has so ably led,” he said.
Posted Jan. 28, 2010