New Board Chair Lis Angus welcomes four newly elected Directors, Paul-Emile Cloutier, Chris Dickson, Ann Hysert and Robert Morais, along with one new ex-officio Board Member, Jane Wolfe, President of the KDH Auxiliary

AUGUST 19, 2014 – Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is pleased to announce that former telecommunications consultant Lis Angus has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors, and four new Directors have been elected to the Board: Paul-Emile Cloutier, Chris Dickson, Ann Hysert and Robert Morais. Additionally, Jane Wolfe has joined the Board as an ex-officio member in her capacity as President of the KDH Auxiliary.

Angus, who was elected to the Board in 2008, succeeds outgoing Chair, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. She expressed the Board’s appreciation of Rousseau’s leadership: “We are grateful to Jean-Jacques for his outstanding service to KDH. As Board Chair from 2011 to 2014, he oversaw the development of the current strategic plan, the launch of the orthopaedic surgery program, the hospital’s achievement of Accreditation with Exemplary Standing, and KDH’s continued growth as a health hub for the communities of North Grenville and South Ottawa.”

“I’m looking forward to working with our new Directors,” Angus added. “Each brings unique expertise to our skills-based Board.”

Paul-Emile Cloutier brings an in-depth knowledge of how the healthcare system works. His most recent appointment was CEO and Secretary General at the Canadian Medical Association. Cloutier has 25 years’ senior executive experience in a variety of fields, including political and public policy strategy, transportation, and international affairs, as well as healthcare. A resident of Ottawa, his governance experience includes serving on the Montfort Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. He sees serving on the Board as an opportunity to take his previous policy experience and “operationalize it in a hospital setting, helping KDH achieve even greater efficiency and effectiveness.”

Chris Dickson brings over 20 years of experience in all aspects of financial management as well as IT. A Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant, he is currently the Controller, IT and Customer Service Manager for Sandvik Materials Technology Canada. Dickson has been a longtime volunteer supporting amateur sports in the Ottawa area. He lives in Nepean. “I can’t think of a better way to use my skills and experience,” he said, “than working as a Director on the Board, helping sustain and improve the care and services provided by KDH.”

Ann Hysert brings 35 years’ experience as a human resources professional in the social services, healthcare, education and private sectors. Prior to her retirement in 2009, she served as Head of Human Resources for the Upper Canada District School Board. Her past governance experience includes serving as Board Member of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute and VON Canada Pension Plan Board, and Founding Chair of the Integration Action Group. Hysert lives in North Grenville. She was attracted to KDH after observing “its commitment to quality, and the metrics it uses to continually enhance the quality of services for patients.”

Robert Morais brings 25 years of diverse business experience to the KDH board, including as CFO of a large private international manufacturing group operating in the US and Canada, and his current position, Co-founder and Managing Director of Strata KBD Inc. A Kemptville resident, Morais also brings diverse volunteer experience, having served on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of The Ottawa Network, the St. Michael Catholic High School Council (Chair), and the Advisory Board to the Ontario Minister of Education. Morais believes that “KDH has fulfilled its mission very well and will be asked to do even more, and having a board with the right mixture of skills and experience is what the hospital will need moving forward.”

As the new president of the hospital Auxiliary, Jane Wolfe is an ex-officio member of the KDH Board. Taking up the reins from outgoing president Lillian Leonard, Wolfe is a retired nurse and health education executive who taught nursing at both the Ottawa Civic Hospital and Algonquin College before moving into management of nursing and other healthcare programs. She has been active in the KDH Auxiliary since 2002.

Lana LeClair is KDH’s Manager of Corporate Affairs and Organizational Development. “The volunteer governance provided by hospital boards in Ontario is one of the main strengths of our health system,” she said, “and KDH is fortunate to have one of the best hospital boards in the province.”

Members of the Board

The 2014/15 Kemptville District Hospital Board of Directors is comprised of the following elected board members: Lis Angus (Chair), Karen Cooper (Vice Chair), Peter Currie (Treasurer), Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Past Chair), Paul-Emile Cloutier, Chris Dickson, Dan Hart, Ann Hysert, Robert Morais, Jim Neubauer, Gayle Poapst, and Doreen Ulrichsen; and ex-officio board members: Jane Wolfe (President, KDH Auxiliary), Hugh O’Neill (Chair, KDH Foundation), Terry Butler (Municipal Council Member), Colin Goodfellow (KDH CEO), Dr. Greg Leonard (KDH Chief of Staff), and Dr. Patrick Leahy (President, KDH Medical Staff).

About Kemptville District Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital is Accredited with Exemplary Standing, the highest ranking bestowed by Accreditation Canada. Committed to building healthier communities, we are a model of hospital-led integrated health services within the provincial health system. Kemptville District Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee satisfaction. We pride ourselves on being a good partner within the system. We operate on two sites and provide primary care management services, acute care hospital services, and advanced orthopaedic care.

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