December 3, 2023

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The South Bruce Grey Health Centre has appointed a new president and chief executive officer.

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On March 22, the board of the four-hospital corporation announced that Nancy Shaw has been appointed to the position effective this upcoming Saturday. Shaw replaces Michael Barrett after it was announced last November that he would not be renewing his contract after more than four years leading SBGHC.

“I am honoured to be joining South Bruce Grey Health Centre’s team as President and CEO and excited for the future of the organization,” Shaw said in a news release.

Shaw has been a health care surveyor with Accreditation Canada, and has a wealth of health-care leadership experience, most recently from the Perth and Smith Falls District Hospital where she served as president, CEO, vice-president of clinical services, chief human resource officer and chief nursing executive.

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“Nancy will bring valuable rural and multi-site hospital experience to SBGHC,” corporation board chair Bill Heikkila said in the release. “We are confident that her dedication and cooperative and collaborative leadership style will allow her to successfully lead the organization through any challenge that we may face.”

With over 30 years experience in health care, Shaw has a demonstrated track record of delivering advancements in staff retention, patient satisfaction, strategic plan development and administration and overall clinical performance and effectiveness, the release said.

In addition to her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Shaw has a Master of health Studies degree and has served as an associated professor at a Bachelor of Nursing Program since 2005. She has earned a Labour Law Certificate from Osgoode Hall, and MBA Essentials and Advanced Health System Leadership certificates from Rotman School of Management.

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Shaw was to start a five-day overlap period with Barrett that began on Monday, the release said.

The SBGHC board thanked Barrett for his “outstanding contributions” to the organization, particularly in the areas of COVID response, putting SBGHC back on a strong financial footing, addressing challenges associated with staffing shortages, helping lead the development of the Grey Bruce Ontario Health Team, securing a CT scanner and future MRI for the Kincardine hospital, and advancement of significant capital projects.

SBGHC operates the hospitals in Chesley, Durham, Walkerton and Kincardine.


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