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Ontario Hospital Association welcomes new Board Chair

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TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2020 /CNW/ — Ontario Hospital Association welcomes new Board Chair — Sarah Downey, President and CEO of Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, has been named Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association’s (OHA) Board of Directors.

Sarah Downey, member of the OHA Bard since 2017, was elected following the OHA’s Annual General Meeting of Members, held virtually this afternoon. Throughout her over 25-year career in healthcare, Downey has made significant contributions to Ontario’s health care system, currently as President and CEO at Michael Garron Hospital, where she is responsible for a $500M redevelopment project. Under Sarah’s leadership, Michael Garron Hospital has been at the forefront of pandemic response, and her unwavering focus on integrated care has helped drive programs designed to meet the needs of her community in the face of significant pressure.

Sarah Downey, President and CEO of Michael Garron Hospital, has been named Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association’s (OHA) Board of Directors. (CNW Group/Ontario Hospital Association)

“I am honoured to take on this role as Board Chair of the OHA,” said Downey. “The OHA and its member hospitals are committed to working with system partners and government as we navigate through the challenges our system is facing that are without parallel in Ontario’s history. I am proud to guide the OHA as hospitals continue to act as the anchor of Ontario’s COVID-19 response and meet the changing needs of our healthcare system.”

“On behalf of the OHA Board of Directors and our members, I am pleased to welcome Sarah Downey as the new Chair,” said Anthony Dale, OHA President and CEO. “Our system is at a critical juncture, and with her breadth of experience, strong commitment to community and reputation as a champion of integrated care, Sarah is the right person to help steer the OHA as we learn important lessons from the pandemic and build the healthcare system Ontarians need and deserve.”

The OHA is extremely grateful for the steadfast leadership of outgoing Chair Altaf Stationwala, who has helped us navigate the first wave of COVID-19 and spurred an important period of growth via a transformational strategic plan that is modernizing every aspect of our work.

SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association

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