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Sunnybrook announces new president & CEO

TORONTO – Mr. David Leslie, Chair of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, is pleased to announce the recruitment of renowned healthcare leader, Dr. Barry McLellan (pictured), as the hospital’s new President and CEO.

Dr. McLellan, who is currently Chief Coroner for the province of Ontario, will officially begin as President and CEO of Sunnybrook on September 17, 2007. He will be taking over from Mr. Leo Steven, who has held the position for the past five years and who will be retiring when Dr. McLellan takes over.

“Dr. McLellan is one of the most brilliant and talented leaders in healthcare today and we are proud to be able to attract him to Sunnybrook,” said Mr. Leslie. “He is truly globally respected and his experience as a researcher, educator, mentor and clinician make him the ideal candidate to lead the hospital into its exciting future. I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their work over the past four months and would also express our sincere appreciation to Leo Steven for providing us with such an exceptional foundation for Sunnybrook’s continued success.”

Dr. McLellan is well-known to Sunnybrook, which is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. In addition to his current duties as Chief Coroner, Dr. McLellan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, where he graduated with a Medical Doctorate in 1981 and subsequently trained in emergency medicine, receiving a fellowship in 1985 as a specialist in emergency medicine.

Dr. McLellan is a former Director of the Trauma Program and Vice President of Specialty Services at Sunnybrook. He was also Director of the Emergency Department, base hospital program (paramedic program) and trauma research at Sunnybrook.

“It is an honour for me to become the new President and CEO of Sunnybrook,” said Dr. McLellan. “Sunnybrook is a long-term commitment for me and my intention is to build on the significant accomplishments the hospital has achieved in recent years. Sunnybrook is one of Canada’s most dynamic academic health sciences centres and it’s my job to make sure we continue to lead on a global scale in innovative patient care, breakthrough research and educational excellence.”

Dr. McLellan is joining Sunnybrook at a pivotal point in the hospital’s nearly 60-year history. The organization is growing physically with 10 significant capital projects either under way or in the planning stages including the 300,000 square foot expansion of M-wing and the doubling in size of the Emergency Department and John and Liz Tory Regional Trauma Centre.

In addition to large-scale capital projects, Sunnybrook is a busy place for healing, learning and discovery. Each year the hospital cares for 1 million patients, conducts $100 million in research and provides educational opportunities for 2,000 students.

“Dr. McLellan will take Sunnybrook into its new golden age,” said Leo Steven, President and CEO. “He has a unique ability to motivate teams and inspire entire organizations into action. He is a leader who has an exemplary strategic understanding of the healthcare system and is passionate about Sunnybrook. He will ensure the hospital is there when it matters most for the many communities we serve.”

Sunnybrook is transforming healthcare through the dedication of its more than 10,000 staff and volunteers. An internationally recognized leader in research and education and an affiliation with the University of Toronto distinguishes Sunnybrook as one of Canada’s premier academic health sciences centres. Sunnybrook specializes in caring for critically-ill newborns, adults and the elderly, treating and preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions and traumatic injuries.