HGMH names new CEO

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

Hôpi­tal Glen­garry Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal will have a new CEO af­ter Labour Day week­end.

Michael Co­hen, who is wrap­ping up 16 years of ser­vice at the Queensway Car­leton Hos­pi­tal in Ot­tawa, will be HGMH’s new CAO on Sept. 4.

Ac­cord­ing to a July 27 HGMH press re­lease, Mr. Co­hen, 48, has an ex­ten­sive back­ground in health care. It started in Cal­gary in 1995, where he earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in so­ci­ol­ogy. Shortly af­ter that, he re­turned to his na­tive On­tario where, in 1998, he took on man­age­ment and an­a­lyst roles at the Cana­dian In­sti­tute for Health In­for­ma­tion. Even­tu­ally, he landed at Queensway Car­leton, where his most re­cent po­si­tion was Vice Pres­i­dent - Clin­i­cal Ser­vices and In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment, which he’s held since 2009.

For his part, Mr. Co­hen says he’s ex­cited about the new op­por­tu­ni­ties that will present them­selves in Glen­garry.

"I re­ally like work­ing for a place where I can get be­hind the cul­ture,” he says. “I've had the op­por­tu­nity to visit HGMH on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions and in­ter­act di­rectly with some of the se­nior staff. I was im­me­di­ately in­ter­ested in work­ing for an or­ga­ni­za­tion that val­ues peo­ple, that val­ues pa­tients, and has a sense of duty for their com­mu­nity.”

Mr. Co­hen says he’s been to Glen­garry sev­eral times, both for busi­ness and for plea­sure. He has worked with the hos­pi­tal’s out­go­ing CEO, Linda Mor­row, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. He’s also been to Alexan­dria to watch his son, Zach, a for­mer Winch­ester Hawk, play hockey against the Glens.

The hir­ing of Mr. Co­hen rep­re­sents the end of a Hur­culean task that the HGMH board of di­rec­tors started shortly af­ter Ms. Mor­row, an­nounced her re­tire­ment in June, when it be­gan look­ing for a new leader.

Ac­cord­ing to board Chair­man Corey Kalsi, the search sub­com­mit­tee is ex­tremely pleased with the re­sults.

“Michael's gen­uine ap­proach and out­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship-build­ing skills make him a great ad­di­tion to our team. He's strate­gic-minded and strongly ori­ented to­wards grow­ing our hos­pi­tal to en­sure a sus­tain­able fu­ture,” he says.

Mr. Co­hen says an­other one of his big­gest chal­lenges will be en­sur­ing the hos­pi­tal re­mains fi­nan­cially sta­ble, es­pe­cially in a cli­mate where that isn’t al­ways cer­tain.


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