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Trillium Health announces new president and CEO

MISSISSAUGA, 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 reputation.

“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. Shipp Wells.

“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 quality and innovation. For more information, go to