As Chair of the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation Board, Margret Norenberg holds an ex-officio position on the KDH Board. She was born and raised in Kemptville and resides there with her family, although she has spent a significant amount of time working abroad. These experiences resulted in a great appreciation of myriad cultures and religions. After living in the Czech Republic, Japan, and Saudi Arabia for years, her close ties to the North Grenville area called her home. After initially joining the KDH Foundation Board as a Director, Ms. Norenberg became the Vice-Chair in 2015 and the Chair in 2019. Her lifelong connection to the community means that she truly understands its needs, particularly as they relate to the hospital. She holds a B.A. (Honours), B.Ed. and an M.Ed. with a specialization in Applied Linguistics from the University of Ottawa, where she has been teaching since graduating. Ms. Norenberg’s father and mother established Kemptville Building Centre Ltd. (KBC) in 1974, and the company has been family owned and operated since its inception. Now managed by her brother Eric Norenberg, KBC/BMR is an integral part of the community donating to many organizations, most notably KDH, the North Grenville Public Library, the Municipal Centre and the Youth Centre. Ms. Norenberg remains actively affiliated with the company as a shareholder.
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); as such, he became an ex-officio member of the Board in June 2019. Mr. Hale currently serves on the Governance Committee of the Board and is past Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee. On the provincial stage, he was 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.
André Rancourt joined the KDH Board of Directors as an ex-officio member in June, 2023 as the newly elected President of the KDH Auxiliary.
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.
Doreen O’Sullivan is serving in her second term as a municipal councillor in North Grenville. She is recently retired from The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) where she worked in a variety of clinical and administrative positions. She is a Registered Nurse with over 50 years of experience. She is a graduate of the Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing and obtained her B.Sc. Nursing from the University of Ottawa and her Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University. Her most recent clinical position was with the Academic Family Health Team – Civic Campus. Mrs. O’Sullivan was the TOH Corporate Coordinator for Quality and Patient Safety for 10 years. As an RN and Municipal Councillor she is an advocate for a safe and healthy community. She brings that passion for quality and safety to the KDH Board and is honoured to serve. She and her family are residents of Kemptville.
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.