South West LHIN welcomes new board member

LONDON, ON, May 20 /CNW/ - Acting Board Chair Ferne Woolcott is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Bolton to the Board of the South West Local Health Integration Network. A resident of St. Marys, Bolton was appointed by the Public Appointments Secretariat for a three year term beginning May 12, 2010.

Bolton has extensive experience in health care governance having held positions as a member, vice-chair and chair of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Board of Directors, and previously as a member of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. At present, Bolton is a board member of the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame. Prior to his retirement in 2008, Bolton had a successful 25-year career with CIBC, moving to increasingly senior positions throughout his tenure.

Bolton's commitment to the community is evident through his active participation in several community service organizations.

LHIN Board members are Order-in-Council appointments and are selected through a merit-based process. All candidates are assessed based on their skills and abilities and the needs of the LHIN Board. Directors must possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills and have an understanding of local health issues and priorities.


"Ron brings a wealth of background in community service, governance and business experience to our skills-based board," said Ferne Woolcott, Acting Chair. "These qualifications will be of immense value to the LHIN as we continue with our commitment to bring quality, affordable, and sustainable health care to the people of the South West LHIN."

"With the recent launch of the LHIN's three-year Integrated Health Service Plan and its Blueprint - Vision 2022, I am excited to join the board at such a pivotal time in its mandate as it transforms the health-care system," says Ron. "I'm looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience to the continued success of the South West LHIN."


Mr. Bolton's appointment brings the Board to eight directors, one short of its full complement of nine.

Directors are appointed by Order-In-Council for a term of one to three years, subject to a six-year maximum.

Board members possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills, and have an understanding of local health issues, needs and priorities.

The Board of Directors is accountable, through the Chair, to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the LHIN's use of public funds, and for its results in terms of goals and performance of the local health system.


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SOURCE South West Local Health Integration Network

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