Ornge Board Appoints Dr. Andrew McCallum as President and Chief Executive Officer

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of Ornge, Ontario's provider of air ambulance and related services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Andrew McCallum, M.D., F.R.C.P(C), as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ornge.

Since 2008, Dr. McCallum has been the Chief Coroner for Ontario. Prior to that he was a Regional Coroner and held various leadership positions at Hamilton Health Sciences and at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. He is a specialist in emergency medicine. Dr. McCallum trained as a flight surgeon in the Canadian Forces and he is a licensed private pilot.

"On behalf of the Ornge board of directors, we are very pleased to have Dr. Andrew McCallum lead Ornge. His professional expertise and breadth of experience are an exceptional fit for the organization," said Ian W. Delaney, Ornge Board Chairman.  "He knows first-hand the needs of patients and emergency healthcare delivery. He is a proven leader with extensive knowledge of the province. We look forward to his leadership as we work to build a dynamic and robust organization."

Dr. McCallum expressed his enthusiasm for the important service Ornge provides and the opportunity to lead the organization. "I am thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity to lead Ornge. I look forward to working to ensure that Ontarians receive the timely and appropriate medical care they need when they are being airlifted or transported to hospital in our aircraft and vehicles," he said. "I believe Ornge has the skilled and committed personnel to accomplish this mission and working with these excellent people is one of the reasons I want to do this job," Dr. McCallum added.

The board would like to acknowledge and thank Ron McKerlie, Interim President and CEO since January 2012, for his skilled leadership in guiding Ornge for the past eleven months. "He has done an exemplary job of laying the foundation for Ornge moving forward and rebuilding the trust of the staff and our stakeholders as we work to continually enhance the quality of our service," Mr. Delaney added.

Dr. McCallum will assume his responsibilities on January 21, 2013. For more information please go to
www.ornge.ca/accountability/Pages/ExecutivePayandExpenses.aspx.

ABOUT ORNGE
Ornge, a not-for-profit organization, coordinates all aspects of Ontario's air ambulance system, the critical care land transport program, paediatric transport program and the authorization of air and land ambulance transfers between hospitals.

SOURCE: Ornge

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