The Board of Directors for the health-care network bringing together Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital has announced the appointment of Dr. Tim Rutledge as its new president and CEO, effective March 19, 2018.
“A well-respected physician and hospital CEO, Dr. Rutledge comes to the new network with a strong understanding of the opportunities ahead to continuously improve care for our patients and build a vision for our organization. After an international search, it was clear that Dr. Rutledge is the leader to drive us forward. His health-care management experience combined with a passion for the people and communities we serve set him apart,” said Tom Woods, chair of the board.
One of Dr. Rutledge’s early priorities will be to work closely with the board, the three foundations, donors, clinicians, researchers and staff across the network, plus its many partners, to develop the network’s first strategic plan – building on the strengths of the three legacy sites and shaping the priorities for what is now Canada’s largest Catholic health-care provider.
Dr. Rutledge is currently at North York General Hospital where he has been president and CEO for the past seven years. A physician trained in emergency medicine, Dr. Rutledge also served as NYGH‘s vice-president of Medical Affairs, director of Education and chief of Emergency Services. At the University of Toronto, he is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is also regularly called on by the province and other health system partners to sit on advisory tables, act as an investigator and chair health councils.
Mr. Woods thanked the CEO Selection Committee, made up of board members, staff and clinicians, as well as all of those who provided input on the qualities needed for the CEO position. He also recognized and thanked Dr. Bob Howard for his exceptional leadership as president and CEO of St. Michael’s Hospital since 2009 and as interim president and CEO of the new health network since its integration on Aug. 1, 2017.