Tom Closson to be Appointed President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association

    TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - Mark Rochon, Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
Board Chair, today announced that Tom Closson will be appointed President and
Chief Executive Officer of the OHA, effective January 14, 2008.
    "Tom has an outstanding track record of leadership and accomplishment in
health care," said Rochon. "His career as a health care CEO and government
executive, and his depth of knowledge and expertise make him ideally suited to
serve as our new President and CEO."
    Mr. Closson is one of Canada's most prominent health care leaders. He has
previously served as President and CEO of three of the nation's leading health
care organizations: the University Health Network in Toronto; the Capital
Health Region in Victoria, British Columbia; and Sunnybrook Health Sciences
Centre, also in Toronto. He is a professional engineer, holds a Master of
Business Administration and has extensive experience in health care management
and governance, leadership and facilitation, change management, strategy
development and e-health implementation.
    "I believe in the vision of the Ontario Hospital Association and am
excited about the opportunity to help lead its efforts to make our health care
system even better for the patients it serves," said Closson. "Collaboration
is the key to improving health care. The OHA can continue to play a compelling
leadership role in developing solutions by building even stronger health
system partnerships with the Ministry, LHINs, associations and providers."
    "This is a time of tremendous change in Ontario's heath care system,"
added Rochon. "Our Board believes that Tom will provide outstanding leadership
to the OHA and its members during this time of change and transformation."
    Mr. Closson will assume his responsibilities after the retirement of
current OHA President and CEO Hilary Short following her 34 years of exemplary
service to the organization.

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For further information: Anthony Dale, Vice President, Policy and Public
Affairs, (416) 205-1348

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