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HSN CEO to retire in 2017


Denis Roy has announced he is retiring as president and CEO of Health Sciences North. File photo



The search for a new chief executive officer for Health Sciences North will begin later this month.

In a press release issued a short time ago, the board of directors of Health Sciences North announced that Dr. Denis Roy, the hospital’s president and CEO since January, 2009, will be retiring in 2017.

In announcing Roy’s plans, Nicole Everest, the chair of the hospital’s board of directors, said Roy has been an “outstanding” leader during a time of change at HSN.

“Dr. Roy has been an outstanding leader,” Everest said in a news release this morning. “His vision has led to a true transformation at HSN, one where we are now a globally recognized academic health sciences centre with a focus on innovation, patient-centredness and organizational excellence.”

For his part, Roy said the strong management team currently in place at Health Sciences North makes now the right time to make a major transition in leadership.

“Now is a good time for a leadership transition at HSN,” said Dr. Roy. “There is a strong leadership team in place and I am confident that, with the board, the team will continue the important work ahead.”

The hospital board listed among Roy’s accomplishments the establishment of the HSN Research Institute, which is ranked among the top 40 in Canada; the creation of a patient and family advisory council; fighting to expand the NEO Kids pediatric outpatient centre; recording-setting recruitment of physicians; enhancing care and transitions for seniors; opening a state-of-the-art simulation lab; and transforming the Memorial Hospital site into an outpatient centre of excellence.

With Dr. Roy’s retirement, a recruitment process for a new CEO will be initiated later this month. A committee will be created to lead the search process. The position carries a dual CEO role for HSN and the HSN Research Institute (HSNRI).

“We will be seeking a leader who has the necessary skills and background to meet the requirements of both institutions,” Everest said. “The health care system in Ontario is undergoing transformational change and we want a leader who can seize the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

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