Board Chair Jean-Jacques Rousseau accepts the Bill Thake Economic Development Leadership Award on behalf of the hospital’s Board of Directors
JUNE 14, 2012 – Late last week the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville presented the Bill Thake Economic Development Leadership Award to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Chair of the Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Board of Directors.
The award is presented annually to a volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment and leadership toward the growth and vitality of the Leeds and Grenville economy.
This year’s award was handed out at a United Counties Leadership Forum held June 14 in Roebuck, Ontario. Rousseau accepted the award on behalf of the entire KDH Board of Directors. The Board was cited for overseeing the multimillion-dollar expansion of the hospital and the launch of the new Total Joint Replacement orthopaedic surgery program. The Board was also recognized for providing leadership during a period when the hospital saw an increase in its operating budget and the hiring of new staff for orthopaedic surgery, leading to a $7.8 million increase in the local payroll. The Board was further commended for playing a role in the hospital’s offer of office space within its campus to its service partner, Beth Donovan Hospice.
Now in his seventh year of volunteer service to the community on the Board, Rousseau has been Chair for one year. He commented that he was pleased to see the hospital being recognized for its leadership at the County level. “Serving on the Board of Directors is so rewarding,” he added, “as we have such an interesting and dedicated group of people on the Board.” He further commented that KDH is “blessed with the leadership of its CEO, Colin Goodfellow, and his committed staff”.
Rousseau also spoke about the hospital’s recently approved new strategic plan, which will see KDH moving forward in three key directions: integrating and supporting community-based primary care, looking for new open market service opportunities, and further developing the hospital’s primary role as a health hub.
This is the second year for the award, named after Westport, Ontario’s Mayor Bill Thake, who has spent a record-breaking 50 consecutive years in municipal government, including four terms as county Warden.
Leeds and Grenville MPP Steve Clark commented that this year’s nominees came from a variety of backgrounds, but they all shared one thing: they give their time and talent to improving economic activity in Leeds Grenville. The other nominees were Karen Cook (Athens), John Jodoin (Augusta Township), Frank Kinsella (Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands), and Dana, Mike and John Purcell (Front of Young Township).
About Kemptville District Hospital
Kemptville District Hospital is a fully accredited healthcare facility committed to building healthier communities. We are distinct within the provincial health system as a model of hospital-led integrated health services. We operate on two sites and provide primary care management services, acute care hospital services, advanced orthopaedic care and pride ourselves on being a good partner within the system. Kemptville Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee satisfaction.
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