Trillium Health announces new
president and CEO
Ont. – The Chair of the Trillium Health Centre Board of Directors, Ms.
Catharine Shipp Wells, is proud to announce the appointment of the new
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Janet M. Davidson
(pictured), O.C., BScN, MHSA, effective March 12, 2007.
Ms. Davidson brings over 30 years of healthcare experience to one of
Canada’s largest tertiary care community hospitals, and is an
exceptional and accomplished leader, both as a health sector executive
and as a volunteer in Canada and internationally.
Ms. Davidson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006 in
recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the
community and service to the nation and the world. She has held
numerous, progressively senior positions in healthcare in three Canadian
provinces, in a number of varied and complex organizations.
Starting her career as a nurse at Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH),
she went on to serve with the Canadian Red Cross, as VP at the
University of Alberta Hospitals, as Assistant Deputy Minister of Health
in Alberta, as Chief Operating Officer for Capital Health in Edmonton
and for the Alberta Mental Health Board, and as Executive Vice President
and then President of Toronto East General Hospital. Most recently she
has been the Chief Operating Officer of the $700 million Vancouver Acute
health service delivery area within the Vancouver Coastal Health
Authority in British Columbia.
Ms. Davidson will bring to her new role as President and CEO this broad
range of experience in healthcare generally, and in patient centred care
in particular. She also brings a consistent focus on operational
excellence and fiscal accountability, together with an ability to build
teams through significant change.
Given Trillium Health Centre’s significant investments in
state-of-the-art technologies and facilities (THINK Program, $100
million; New Wing and Ambulatory/Urgent Care Centre, $100+ million), Ms.
Davidson’s experience in leading complex, large scale projects and in
managing systems and partnerships across the full continuum of care will
be a great asset in continuing to build the organization’s world class
“Trillium Health Centre is recognized as one of the key leaders in
healthcare today, and our new President and CEO needed to be exceptional
to move both the organization and patient-centred care to new levels,”
said Catharine Shipp Wells, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Janet
understands both the complexity of healthcare as well as its full
potential in meeting the growing needs of our communities at a time of
great challenges and hope.”
Ms. Shipp Wells added that the Board was very pleased to accept the
recommended candidate from the Search Committee. The Search Committee
was made up of the Executive Committee of the Board, the Chief of Staff
and a family physician, the Chair of the Foundation Board, and a member
of the Executive Team. A series of interviews provided an opportunity
for the Search Committee to identify and review the knowledge, skills
and values of each candidate.
“The process was rigorous and comprehensive, and used the support of a
national search firm that undertook a nationwide process to identify the
very best candidates for this award winning organization,” said Ms.
“I am thrilled and looking forward to leading such an exceptional
organization of staff, physicians and volunteers. Trillium is a leader
to many healthcare centres in quality of care, innovation and clinical
outcomes,” said Ms. Davidson. “Trillium has become a model for other
healthcare centers where community and highly specialized care are
delivered in innovative, patient-centred ways.”
Ms. Davidson added, “I look forward to meeting the challenges in a
fiscally responsible way, while leveraging the full potential of
existing and emerging regional partnerships to support improved care for
Trillium patients and their families.”
“Janet is a collaborative leader who has demonstrated a strong
commitment to quality healthcare and patient safety,” said Dr. Gopal
Bhatnagar, Chief of Staff at Trillium Health Centre. “She is passionate,
dedicated and courageous – all values that Trillium, its patients,
donors and our communities can live by. In partnership with the medical
and clinical staff, Janet is going to provide the kind of exceptional
leadership that will allow Trillium to continue to provide world-class
and innovative care that our community deserves”, added Dr. Bhatnagar.
Ms. Shipp Wells said, “The Board would like to extend its full
appreciation on behalf of the community, our patients and their families
to Mr. Ken White, Founding President and CEO of the Trillium Health
Centre, who provided visionary leadership over the last decade. Ken was
instrumental in bringing two existing hospitals into a new entity that
has been one of the most successful mergers across the country.”
Trillium Health Centre is one of Canada’s largest community hospitals
with regional programs in cardiac, stroke, neurosurgery, orthopaedic,
and sexual assault and domestic violence services. Housing a model
ambulatory care centre and the largest free standing day-surgery centre
in North America, Trillium serves over one million residents in Peel and
West Toronto and from other communities across Ontario.
With the continued support of the Trillium Health Centre Foundation, the
hospital’s fundraising arm, the two-site facility is attracting
international attention for its innovative approach to providing
healthcare services and has received numerous national awards for
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