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New CEO appointed at Credit Valley Hospital

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – CVH board chair Geoff Watson announced yesterday that the board of directors has hired “a highly-energetic and engaged leader adept at bringing out the best in people.” Michelle DiEmanuele, who currently serves as deputy minister for Ontario’s Ministry of Government Services, will assume the  CEO position being vacated by Wayne Fyffe.

DiEmanuele, who in 2006 and 2007 was recognized by the Toronto-based Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, takes over on Aug. 12.

“CVH has won the respect of the patients and families we serve, and our healthcare colleagues across the country for our commitment to making a difference in the lives of the people we serve,” Watson said.

“Our philosophy at Credit Valley is to provide an environment that promotes healing and hope. DiEmanuele recognizes that healthcare is more than just treating a body. It’s about caring for the patient and their family. It’s about creating a working environment that enables our caregivers to do their very best work to achieve the best results for our patients and the community we serve.”

Watson added, “the board was impressed with DiEmanuele’s extensive experience in managing human capital, at a time when we are challenged by an aging workforce and ongoing competition to recruit the best and the brightest. Every day, we strive to manage increasing patient volumes while we do our best to achieve wait time agendas. Michelle will help us to align our priorities and reach new heights in service.”

DiEmanuele said she’s up to the challenge.

“I’m excited and honoured to be joining a leading provider of healthcare services at a time of great challenge and opportunity. CVH has built its reputation through outstanding patient care and innovation reflected by a strong cadre of professionals and support staff.”

As deputy minister, DiEmanuele led the overall modernization of the Ontario government, an effort that included the introduction of the first-ever “money back guarantee” for government services in North America.

She was also responsible for overseeing the change and renewal agenda for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation when she became its interim CEO last year.

Prior to her appointment to public service, DiEmanuele was a vice-president at CIBC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Waterloo in 1987. She also holds a Master’s in political science from the University of Toronto.