Robert Devitt appointed as new interim Chief Executive Officer of eHealth Ontario

    TORONTO, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - eHealth Ontario's board of directors today
announced the appointment of Robert Devitt as the new interim President and
Chief Executive Officer. The board recommended his appointment to the Minister
of Health and Long-Term Care.
    The appointment takes effect August 4, 2009 and will end December 31,
2009. eHealth Ontario's board of directors is currently searching for a
permanent CEO.
    Mr. Devitt has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto
East General Hospital since January 2004 and will continue in this role one
day per week. Previously, Mr. Devitt has served as President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and the
Queensway-Carleton Hospital in Nepean, Ontario.
    Mr. Devitt was also appointed as supervisor of the Scarborough Hospital
by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in August 2007 for approximately
one year. Over this period, the hospital saw marked improvements in quality
and workplace safety and was returned to fiscal health.
    "I'm honored to have this opportunity to lead eHealth Ontario, an
organization that is so central to the government's transformation of
Ontario's health care system," said Mr. Devitt. "I am eager to meet the staff
and stakeholders and help the agency deliver on the province's vital ehealth
    "We are delighted to welcome Rob," said Rita Burak, eHealth Ontario board
chair. "The board looks forward to working with him on moving the
organization's mandate forward while introducing new accountability measures.
    "On behalf of the board and the entire organization, I want to thank Ron
Sapsford, acting CEO and President, for his leadership during the transition
period. During his time with eHealth Ontario, Ron brought stability and
stronger accountability and reporting processes to the agency," said Ms.
    Mr. Sapsford, who was appointed June 9, will return to his role as deputy
minister at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

    eHealth Ontario is a new organization that plays the leading role in
harnessing technology and innovation to improve patient care, safety, and
access in support of the Ontario government's health strategy. eHealth Ontario
published the first ehealth strategy for Ontario in March 2009, which is
focused on providing a comprehensive, patient-focused, secure and private
electronic system. eHealth Ontario will drive the transformation of Ontario's
health care system, building toward an electronic health record for all
Ontarians by 2015.

    BIO - Robert Devitt -- Interim President and CEO, eHealth Ontario

    Robert Devitt has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) since January 2004. This large community
hospital, with a total of 470 beds, provides an extensive range of ambulatory,
inpatient and community programs and services with a budget of $240 million.
The hospital has maintained a balanced budget during Mr. Devitt's tenure.
    In 2008 the hospital was named a gold recipient of the quality and
workplace wellness Canada Award for Excellence by the National Quality
Institute, which presents awards annually to organizations that have displayed
outstanding performance. It was the first hospital in Canada to receive such
an award. More recently, TEGH received full accreditation from Accreditation
Canada with the survey report identifying no recommendations for change or
improvement, an achievement attained by about only 20 per cent of hospitals.
    Mr. Devitt was appointed Supervisor of the Scarborough Hospital in 2007
completing this assignment in the fall of 2008. At the time, the hospital had
been experiencing conflict with the community, a long history of financial
troubles and issues related to patient services and workplace safety. By
October 2008, under Mr. Devitt's leadership, the hospital had made a dramatic
turn around. It had new bylaws, a new administration and a stricter medical
staff credentialing process.
    Prior to joining TEGH, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of
the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. This hospital operated on two sites
and serviced a population of more than 300,000 in four counties. It is the
region's largest employer with a staff of approximately 2,000 and more than
600 volunteers.
    Mr. Devitt has also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer
of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital, a community hospital serving western
Ottawa and the Upper Ottawa Valley.
    He has a Bachelors degree from Queen's University and a Masters degree
from the University of Ottawa.

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For further information:

For further information: Heather Brown, Communications Advisor, eHealth
Ontario, (416) 586-4238,

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