OHA President and CEO Hilary Short to Retire in December 2007



    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - Ruthe-Anne Conyngham, Chair of the Ontario
Hospital Association's (OHA) Board of Directors, today announced that OHA
President and CEO Hilary Short will retire in December 2007.
    "Hilary has dedicated her career to improving and strengthening Ontario's
hospitals," said Conyngham. "In every one of her 34 years with the OHA,
including the last 5 years as its President and CEO, Hilary has made a
positive difference for our Members and for Ontario's health care system."
    After completing a Masters' Degree in Classics at Cambridge University,
Hilary Short joined the OHA in 1973 as a junior member of its communications
staff. She went on to serve in a number of increasingly senior roles,
including as Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs and Chief Operating
Officer, before being appointed Acting President and CEO in 2002. Short was
confirmed as the OHA's President and CEO in 2003.
    "When Hilary became President and CEO five years ago, the OHA was facing
a number of serious challenges as an organization, and Ontario's hospital and
health care systems were on the cusp of the most significant period of
transition in a generation," said Conyngham. "Under Hilary's leadership, the
OHA today has the people, the plan and the resources it needs to remain one of
North America's premier advocacy associations, and Ontario's hospital system
is well-positioned to meet the challenges of the future."
    "It has been my privilege to serve Ontario's hospitals - places where
miracles happen - through the OHA," said Short. "My years with the OHA have
been challenging and deeply fulfilling from both a professional and personal
perspective, and I would like to thank the OHA's Board of Directors, Members
and staff for their friendship and support."

    Since becoming President and CEO, Short has led:

    
    -  The development of "Inspiring the Future", the OHA's new strategic
       directions
    -  The re-orientation of the OHA's internal human resources strategies
       and programs in order to make the OHA an employer of choice
    -  The renewal and transformation of The Change Foundation (TCF), the
       OHA-affiliated health research foundation
    -  The creation of the OHAfrica project, which provides anti-retroviral
       drug treatments in the African Kingdom of Lesotho, a nation with the
       third-highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world
    -  The publication of "Inspiring Ideas and Innovation", a forward-looking
       set of ideas designed to contribute to and influence the ongoing
       health policy debate in Ontario
    

    In addition to her responsibilities at the OHA, Short serves as Chair of
the Board of Directors of COTA Health, a provider of community-based home care
and mental health services, and is a member of the Board of the Hospice
Association of Ontario. Short is also actively involved with the Canadian
Healthcare Association and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian
College of Health Service Executives.
    "Hilary's career has been very impressive and she should be proud of it,"
said Conyngham. "We are very happy that Hilary will remain with the OHA until
December in order to advocate strongly on behalf of hospitals and patients
through the 2007 Ontario General Election, and to help advance the patient
safety, quality and governance initiatives that are so important to her, and
to our Members."
    The OHA's Board of Directors will undertake an executive search for a new
President and CEO. More information about that process will be made available
in the weeks ahead.

    Representing Ontario's 158 public hospitals, the Ontario Hospital
Association (OHA) advocates on behalf of its Members for an innovative,
sustainable health system that provide world-class patient care. For more
information about the OHA, please visit www.oha.com.





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205-1325


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