Bob Hale worked for more than three decades in the steelmaking industry, retiring from Stelco Inc. of Hamilton, Ontario in 2006 as Manager in the steelmaking division. He also contributed to the industry in the role of Chair and Past Chair of the Niagara Chapter of the Iron and Steel Society. Mr. Hale serves at KDH as the Co-Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) and is past Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee of the Board of Directors; he became an ex-officio member of the Board in June 2019. On the provincial stage, he is a founding member of the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. Mr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Industrial Engineering from Ryerson University and a diploma in Business Administration from St. Lawrence College. He moved to the North Grenville area in 2008, and some time afterward underwent a successful total knee replacement surgery at KDH; this experience inspired him to become involved with the hospital in 2016 when the organization issued a call for Patient and Family Advisors. Mr. Hale brings to both the PFAC and the Board his experience as a patient and a keen desire to make a difference for other patients and their families.
Linda Carnegie joined the KDH Board of Directors as an ex-officio member in June, 2020 as the newly elected President of the KDH Auxiliary. Hailing from the Kemptville area, Ms. Carnegie is an alumna of Kemptville College whose career spanned 40 years in the healthcare industry, in both administrative and clinical roles. A Certified Nutrition Manager (CNM) and Credentialed Foodservice Executive (CFE), she spent most of her career with The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, retiring in 2012 from The Ottawa Hospital. Over the years Ms. Carnegie worked in Mental Health, Corrections, Education, Active Treatment, Rehabilitation and Long Term Care settings. Her involvement on a national level with professional organizations provided numerous opportunities to be involved in Certification and Accreditation hospital reviews. She has been volunteering at KDH as a member of the Auxiliary for eight years, initially in the Interim Long-Term Care unit and more recently in the ER. Ms. Carnegie’s goal in retirement is to give back to her community.
KDH welcomed Jennifer Ellis, RN, PhD, as its Vice President of Nursing/Clinical Services in January 2022. Ms. Ellis has 16 years of progressive leadership experience in the healthcare sector. Her areas of expertise include patient safety, patient experience, professional practice, risk management, quality improvement, nurse staffing, and service operations. Ms. Ellis earned her PhD in Nursing from McMaster University in 2009, successfully defending a thesis focused on nursing health human resources. She has a strong commitment to regional collaboration and community contributions, currently serving on a number of non-profit boards, including as Vice Chair, Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services, and Board Member, Service Coordination Support. Ms. Ellis is active in regional committees, such as the Health Care Quality Network, and professional organizations such as the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. She joined the KDH Board of Directors as Chief Nursing Executive in January, 2022.
Kemptville District Hospital welcomed Frank Vassallo as its Chief Executive Officer on October 5, 2015. Mr. Vassallo brings more than two decades of experience in both private and public health service administration to KDH. Previously he served as Vice President of OntarioMD and President of healthcare consultancy Synergy Health Service Solutions Inc. His public sector experience includes three positions with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, most recently as Director, Planning and Support, for the Central South Region. Mr. Vassallo has a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Communication Management from McMaster University and Syracuse University.
Kristin Strackerjan joined the KDH Board of Directors as an ex-officio member in February 2019 as the Municipal Council Member. She grew up in Halifax, NS, and attended Dalhousie University where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Physics, followed by a Diploma of Meteorology. Prior to her studies, Ms. Strackerjan joined the Canadian Armed Forces and completed her training in between her years of study. In 2001, she began her career as an Aerospace Engineer. Postings to Ottawa, Rochester, NY, and Cold Lake, AB, have given her many opportunities to work with people from across the country, work in many different locations across Europe, and to expand her education. Ms. Strackerjan attended Rochester Institute of Technology for two years where she completed her Master of Science in Imaging Science, with a concentration in Remote Sensing. Most recently, she ran for North Grenville Municipal Council and was appointed to the position of Councillor in February 2019. She currently lives on the outskirts of Kemptville with her husband and three children.
Dr. Colin Sentongo served KDH as Chief of the Anesthesia Department for six years before being appointed Chief of Staff in 2021. His main areas of interest are both Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia. He did his Family Medicine Residencies at both the Northeastern Ohio School of Medicine and the University of Calgary, followed by further Anesthesia training at the University of Ottawa. He previously worked in multiple Emergency Departments across Alberta before moving to Ontario to focus more on Anesthesia. Dr Sentongo is committed to helping to train the next generation of physicians; his ongoing responsibilities in this area include teaching anesthesia electives to University of Ottawa Family Practice residents year-round. His dedication to patient centred care was the driving force behind the development of a number of new surgical programs, processes, and protocols during his tenure as Anesthesia Chief. Dr. Sentongo’s leadership style is characterized by transparency in decision-making, inclusion, and relationship building.