Ontario Shores Welcomes new Vice-President, Professional Practice and Research, and Chief Nurse Executive

WHITBY, ON, April 15 /CNW/ - Glenna Raymond, President and CEO, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Mildon, RN, PhD, CHE, CCHN(C) to the position of Vice-President, Professional Practice and Research, and Chief Nurse Executive, effective April 18, 2011.

Dr. Mildon's nursing experience spans the domains of clinical care, clinical education, research, regulation and administration. A Certified Health Executive (Canadian College of Health Leaders), she has held progressive clinical practice and management positions in Ontario and British Columbia.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Mildon to the Ontario Shores team. Ontario Shores is on an exciting journey as an academic mental health sciences centre. We have significant work underway in interprofessional practice, standards of care, and quality and safety. With Dr. Mildon's extensive background in nursing, professional practice and research, she will be a key contributor to expanding our interprofessional practice and academic mandate," says Raymond.

Dr. Mildon has held a variety of leadership and research roles including Chief Nurse Executive and Vice-President, Professional Practice and Integration at Fraser Health Authority in Surrey, British Columbia, Research Associate at the University of Toronto, Vice-President of Nursing Leadership at Saint Elizabeth Health Care, and Director of Nursing Practice at Hotel Dieu Hospital. Several of these roles encompassed mental health programs including inpatient and community-based services such as Assertive Community Treatment and Crisis Response Teams, giving her a broad and varied perspective on mental health care.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to join the Ontario Shores team and to make a strategic contribution to its vision and ongoing mission.  I look forward to partnering with internal and external stakeholders in advancing a program of research, expanding the academic mandate and supporting and promoting the professional practice environment," says Dr. Mildon.

She has also been actively involved in provincial and national professional associations and is currently the President-elect for the Canadian Nurses Association and was past president of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario's (RNAO) Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group.

Dr. Mildon recently completed her PhD in the Science of Nursing Administration from the University of Toronto's Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a spectrum of specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.

SOURCE Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

For further information:

or to set up an interview, please contact:

Susan Nakhle
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 6068
Cell: 905-439-2567
nakhles@ontarioshores.ca


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