South West Local Health Integration Network announces new Chief Executive Officer

    LONDON, ON, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Board Chair Norm Gamble today announced the
appointment of Michael Barrett as Chief Executive Officer of the South West
Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
    Michael had been acting CEO since August 2008 when the position became
vacant. An extensive national search was conducted with the assistance of a
recruitment firm, and that search yielded several candidates worthy of
consideration. The recruitment task force was presented with applications from
nine candidates and after an initial round of interviews with six, a short
list of three candidates was invited to an interview with the entire Board of
    In its selection process, the Task Force was continually guided by a
profile which was developed with the input of peers, LHIN staff, provider
partners, board members, and management consultants familiar with the South
West LHIN.
    Prior to becoming CEO, Michael had been the Senior Director, Performance,
Contract and Allocation at the South West LHIN since January 2007. His
previous experience in the health care sector is extensive, having held
positions as Regional Leader and Business Manager at London Health Sciences
Centre and St Josephs Health Care in London, and as Regional Manager of
Planning and Support with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
    Michael is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where he
obtained his Master of Public Administration. As a life-long resident of
London, Michael truly understands the South West LHIN, the challenges
presented by our vast geography, and the need to ensure both our urban and
rural populations have access to a quality health care system.


    "We were encouraged by the strong response to our call for applicants,"
said Norm Gamble. "The caliber of the candidates interviewed was impressive
and allowed the Board to select who we feel is the best of a highly qualified
field of contenders."
    "The Board is confident that Michael is the right choice for this
challenging position," said Gamble. "He excelled in his role as Senior
Director, and has proven himself to be a strong leader in the six months since
he became the acting CEO."
    "I am looking forward to working collaboratively with all our health
service providers to ensure that integration, coordination and service
innovation become the hallmark of an accessible, equitable and sustainable
health care system in the South West LHIN," said Michael Barrett. "The South
West LHIN staff is a highly qualified and dedicated group whose support I have
appreciated during my tenure as acting CEO, and whose continued efforts will
ensure the ongoing transformation of the South West health care system."


    Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are a fundamental component of
the government's plan to build a stronger health care system in Ontario.
Passed in March 2006, the Local Health System Integration Act is intended to
create a health care system that keeps people healthy, cares for them when
they are sick and will be there for their children and grandchildren.

    The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is a crown agency
responsible for the planning, integration and funding of more than 150 health
service providers, including hospitals, long-term care homes, mental health
and addictions agencies, community support services, community health centres,
and the South West Community Care Access Centre. The South West LHIN covers an
area from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula and is home to almost one million
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