Tom Closson to be appointed OHA
– Mark Rochon, Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Board Chair, announced
that Tom Closson (pictured) will be appointed President and Chief Executive Officer
of the OHA, effective January 14, 2008.
“Tom has an outstanding track record of leadership and accomplishment in
healthcare,” said Rochon. “His career as a healthcare CEO and government
executive, and his depth of knowledge and expertise make him ideally
suited to serve as our new President and CEO.”
Mr. Closson is one of Canada’s most prominent healthcare leaders. He has
previously served as President and CEO of three of the nation’s leading
healthcare organizations: the University Health Network in Toronto; the
Capital Health Region in Victoria, British Columbia; and Sunnybrook
Health Sciences Centre, also in Toronto.
He is a professional engineer, holds a Master of Business Administration
and has extensive experience in healthcare management and governance,
leadership and facilitation, change management, strategy development and
“I believe in the vision of the Ontario Hospital Association and I am
excited about the opportunity to help lead its efforts to make our
healthcare system even better for the patients it serves,” said Closson.
“Collaboration is the key to improving healthcare. The OHA can continue
to play a compelling leadership role in developing solutions by building
even stronger health system partnerships with the Ministry, LHINs,
associations and providers.”
“This is a time of tremendous change in Ontario’s healthcare system,”
added Rochon. “Our Board believes that Tom will provide outstanding
leadership to the OHA and its members during this time of change and
Mr. Closson will assume his responsibilities after the retirement of
current OHA President and CEO Hilary Short following her 34 years of
exemplary service to the organization.