Ms. Barbara Collins named as next President & CEO of Humber River Hospital

TORONTO, May 18, 2016 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of Humber River Hospital announced today that it has appointed Barbara Collins as the next President & CEO. Ms. Collins succeeds outgoing President & CEO Dr. Rueben Devlin, who has announced his retirement effective June 30th.

For the past sixteen years Ms. Collins has served the hospital with distinction in several senior executive roles, mainly as Chief Operating Officer. A Registered Nurse, with an MBA from Queens University, she has more than 35 years' experience in all major clinical and management functions of an acute care hospital. The announcement comes following a rigorous search process.  

In announcing the news to hospital staff and physicians, Hospital Board Chair Paul Allison noted that "in appointing Barb, the Board is confident that it has chosen the right person to lead us forward, to build on our achievements, and to continue to bring even greater success to Humber River Hospital. Her dedication to Humber River's patients and families is unquestioned. She has consistently demonstrated the very best qualities the Board sought in our new President & CEO: that unique combination of work ethic, empathy and knowledge; with a strategic commitment to a people-centered organization providing excellent patient-centered care."

"I am honoured that the Board and the Selection Committee have presented me with this wonderful opportunity," said Ms. Collins. "I know first-hand the level of commitment and caring the entire Humber River Hospital team bring to our hospital every day. I am looking forward to this new challenge and to working with them to make this an even better hospital for our patients, their families and our entire community."

"I am very pleased that the Board has selected Barb to lead the organization forward," said Dr. Devlin. "She's an amazing leader and I know she will do great things here. I am leaving knowing my hospital is in very good hands."

Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Collins served as the Executive Lead for Humber River Hospital's redevelopment project. Charged with overseeing the design, construction and activation of the new Humber River Hospital, Barb led the work that resulted in the creation of our new home, North America's first fully digital hospital.

Ms. Collins' appointment is effective July 1, 2016.

About Humber River Hospital

Humber River Hospital is one of Canada's largest acute care hospitals, serving a catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area. North America's first fully digital hospital, it is located at Keele Street and Highway 401 in northwest Toronto.

With a capacity of 656 acute inpatient beds, including 48 critical care beds, the hospital has 3,400 staff, approximately 600 physicians with privileges, and over 500 volunteers. The hospital has formal affiliations with the University of Toronto and Queen's University Medical Schools.

A number of Humber River's programs and services have been, and remain, recognized provincially, nationally and internationally. Learn more about Humber River Hospital online at or follow us on Twitter at @HRHospital.

SOURCE Humber River Hospital

For further information: Gerard Power, Director, Public & Corporate Communications, Humber River Hospital, 416-242-1000 ext. 81607,


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890