New Chief Executive Officer Appointed at Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network



    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - After a comprehensive national search, the
Board of Directors of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
(LHIN) announced today the appointment of Matthew Anderson as the new Chief
Executive Officer.
    "We are very pleased that Matthew Anderson, currently Senior Vice
President of Performance and Technology for University Health Network (UHN),
one of Canada's largest academic health science centres, will be joining the
Toronto Central LHIN effective April 14, 2008" said Mohamed Dhanani, Chair.
"Matthew is an energetic, dynamic leader whose approach symbolizes what we
believe is the future of health care in this city. He is known for his
creative, collaborative solutions to challenges and for his willingness to
work across boundaries."
    In 1998, Mr. Anderson became one of the youngest Chief Information
Officers of a Canadian academic health sciences centre, establishing a
five-year, $50 million capital plan to move UHN to a completely electronic
patient record. As the Senior Vice President of Performance and Technology for
UHN, Mr. Anderson has been responsible for performance improvement strategies
including supporting clinical relationships outside of UHN. He had operational
responsibility for programs such as Medical Imaging, Bio-Medical Engineering
and Information Systems.
    In addition to his work with UHN, Mr. Anderson has served as Executive
Lead for the Toronto-based, 13 organization Shared Information Management
Services (SIMS) Partnership (comprised of Bridgepoint Health, Central
Community Care Access Centre, COTA Health, North York General Hospital,
Providence Healthcare, St. John's Rehab Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre,
Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, Toronto East General Hospital,
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, West Park
Healthcare Centre and Women's College Hospital). With similar values, these
organizations have been identifying, planning and implementing joint
information, safety and process improvement initiatives that are contributing
to a coordinated and integrated health care delivery system.
    Mr. Anderson has also served as e-Health Lead for the Toronto Central
LHIN. In this role, he has been responsible for executing the e-Health
strategy for the LHIN.
    "A recipient of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 award by Report on Business,
Matthew's accomplishments have been recognized nationally," said Mr. Dhanani.
"He has been named Canada's CIO of the Year at the Canadian Information
Productivity Awards and has received the 'Who's Who in Healthcare' award. He
is an exceptional leader who has made an outstanding difference for the
advancement of health care throughout Canada."
    A native of East York, Mr. Anderson is married with three children. A
member of the sandwich generation who has both parents and in-laws who require
supports in the home, he has had first-hand experience with the challenges of
chronic diseases and the health care system. "I love the City of Toronto, its
diversity and cultures and am proud of the health care services in this LHIN,"
said Mr. Anderson. "I look forward to enhancing them by improving the
co-ordination of services through innovative approaches."
    The board welcomes Mr. Anderson to this very exciting chapter in the
transformation of Toronto's local health care system and extends its
appreciation to the staff of the LHIN, particularly Acting CEO Bill Manson for
his sound leadership, and Laura Pisko-Bezruchko, Senior Director, Planning
Integration and Community Engagement, for their continued support during the
transition.
    "Matthew's success in his various portfolios has depended on his skills
as a collaborative leader who was able to deliver results," said Mr. Dhanani.
"He will now use these skills to build positive working relationships across
health sectors to ensure that the integration mandate of the Toronto Central
LHIN is achieved."

    The Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is a crown
agency responsible for planning, integrating and funding 196 health service
providers, including hospitals, long-term care homes, mental health and
addictions agencies, community support services, and the Toronto Central
Community Care Access Centre. Established under the Local Health System
Integration Act, 2006, as one of 14 LHINs across Ontario, the Toronto Central
LHIN administers an annual health service provider budget of $4 billion.





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For further information: Sandra Fawcett, Tel: (416) 969-3281, E-mail:
sandra.fawcett@lhins.on.ca

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