GBHS head to step down

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - NEWS -

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.

Lance Thurston

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