GBHS head to step down
Grey Bruce Health Services president and CEO Lance Thurston is resigning at the end of next month, after nearly five years as head of the six-site hospital corporation.
His planned departure, which is to take effect Feb. 28, was announced Friday afternoon by the GBHS board.
A reason for his decision to step down was not provided.
“It has been a great honour and privilege to have been entrusted with leading GBHS for the past five years and being able to work alongside so many fine professionals in service of the people of Grey and Bruce counties,” Thurston said in a press release.
“It is my time to move on and it is time for the organization to select new leadership with fresh ideas and approaches to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I wish the board and the entire organization all the very best.”
Thurston became GBHS’s president and CEO in the summer of 2014 after the retirement of Maureen Solecki.
He had been Grey County’s cheif administative officer for four years before accepting the position.
GBHS says Thurston will assist the hospital board and staff over the next several weeks with the transition of responsibilities.
“The board is grateful to Lance for his years of dedicated service, both as a former board member and as president and CEO,” chair Brenda Kearney said in the release. “We appreciate his many contributions to GBHS and wish him every success in the future.”
The release said the board “recognizes Thurston’s leadership through a critical period in the evolution of GBHS.
“The significant goals achieved under his watch include: the construction and completion of the new emergency department at Saugeen Memorial Hospital; strengthened relationships between GBHS and its hospital foundations and auxiliaries; establishment of a new oncology unit at Owen Sound Regional Hospital; enhancement of acute mental health and addiction services particularly to children and adolescents across Grey Bruce; expanding and stabilizing the Georgian Bay Information Network to now include 15 hospitals; and enhanced quality of care and patient experience at all of our hospitals.”
Before moving to the Owen Sound area in 2010 to work at Grey County, Thurston had been employed for about 20 years with the City of Kingston, first as director of planning and later commissioner, community services.