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Congratulations to new Collingwood General and Marine Hospital CEO

(August 1, 2017) - I was happy to attend the recent announcement at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital that Norah Holder has been appointed the hospital’s new President and CEO.

This was a very exciting day for the board and staff of the hospital and the entire community. Norah’s appointment to the President and CEO position is a testament to the strength of the hospital’s entire organization. She is an inspiring leader and I look forward to working with her now and in the future.

Hospital Board chair Thom Patterson said Norah is “the voice of the patient” and I agree with his comment. Norah has been with the hospital as Vice President of Patient Services and the Chief Nursing Executive since 2009. She has more than 30 years of healthcare experience and has strong relationships with numerous healthcare organizations at all levels.

Norah officially assumed the CEO/President job on August 1 after serving as Interim CEO following the departure of Guy Chartrand. I want to take this opportunity to thank Guy for his service to the hospital and the local area. He did a tremendous job and I wish him the best of luck in the future.

Norah’s leadership will be instrumental in the coming months and years as the redevelopment of the hospital moves forward. The hospital redevelopments in Collingwood and Alliston are incredibly important projects for this entire region. It is important for Norah and Jody Levac and both hospital boards to have the full support of our communities as the plans move into the next phase.

The projects received a significant boost on June 1 when my Private Members resolution to approve planning grants for the redevelopment of the hospitals was supported by all three parties at Queen’s Park. Close to 100 Simcoe-Grey residents made the trip to Toronto for the debate and I want to thank the Members from the other two parties for their support of my resolution. It’s not a done deal yet and we all need to keep working hard, but it was an important step in the process.

The redevelopment of the hospitals will be a huge win for the entire region. They are multi-million investments by the province in Simcoe-Grey and the projects will be led by the hospital boards and the Ministry of Health. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to move these projects to Stage 2 and to get the funding approved by the province.

I want to thank the County of Simcoe for its support of the redevelopment project in Collingwood. The county has committed $20 million over 15 years. It is this kind of full support from local municipalities that is necessary to convince the provincial government of the critical nature of getting the hospitals redeveloped.

The staff and board at the hospitals have amazing visions for the future and I will be working as hard as possible to ensure those visions becomes a reality.


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