HGMH names new CEO
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.
MICHAEL COHEN, HGMH’S NEW CEO