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
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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.
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