Osler’s Bob Bell moving to the United
Ont. – As earlier announced, Robert J. Bell (pictured
at left), president and CEO of William Osler Health Centre,
submitted his resignation to the board of directors, effective March 25,
2005. He will be relocating to London, England to become the Chief
Executive Officer of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals NHS
The Osler board has appointed Robert (Bob) A. Richards as interim
president and CEO, effective March 26, 2005, while the search process
for a permanent president and CEO continues.
Bob Richards comes to William Osler Health Centre with a wealth of
private and public sector experience, including four years in the mid
1990s as CAO of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, with an
operating budget of $3.5 billion and 28,000 employees.
He also spent over 10 years in senior positions in the Regional
Municipality of Peel, including a period as treasurer. Most recently, he
retired as president and chief administrative officer of the Municipal
Property Assessment Corporation.
Richards brings to the Osler organization a strong financial and
administrative background combined with well-developed interpersonal and
His thoughtful style and public sector experience equip him well to
facilitate a smooth transition in leadership. He will lead the
management team in addressing the many challenges and opportunities
facing WOHC in the near term.
William Osler Health Centre is one of the largest hospitals in Ontario.
As a regional referral centre, WOHC provides programs and services to
nearly one million area residents. Facilities include acute care and
ancillary healthcare in the growing and diverse communities of Etobicoke,
Brampton and Georgetown, Ontario.
William Osler Health Centre is poised for considerable growth with the
construction of a fourth hospital located in Brampton. Construction of
this one million square foot modern facility is scheduled for completion
in July 2007.