Appointment of President & CEO

RE: Hospital Announces New President & CEO

Smiths Falls, Ontario – The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Board of Directors did not have to look too far to find the right person to assume the role of President & CEO. Lynda Hendriks, Chair, on behalf of the Board of Directors announced today that the Hospital has successfully negotiated a contract with Linda Bisonette.


“We are simply delighted that Linda has agreed to continue in her role as President & CEO of our Hospital,” Lynda Hendriks stated. She added that, “Linda has 31 solid years in healthcare most recently as the Interim President & CEO and from the accomplishments that the Board has seen by Linda in the last five months, it really was the right solution.”


Linda Bisonette assumed the role of Interim President & CEO after the departure of the former CEO in June of this year. Prior to this she served as the Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Executive for the Hospital.


“I am pleased with the confidence the Board has in me and their offer to have me continue in this capacity. I will continue to work hard to lead our dynamic, two-site organization into the right position financially as well as continuing to support our reputation for high quality patient care,” said Linda Bisonette.


The Hospital recently underwent a peer review process lead by a team from the Toronto area over the summer months. Ms. Bisonette was the hospital point person during this process and was instrumental in developing a balanced budget plan solution which will see the hospital moving to a surplus position by March 31, 2014.


Paul Huras, CEO, South East Local Health Integration Network offered his support to the direction of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital and commented that, “the viability of this organization will be the result of hard work and commitment. I feel that Linda has this commitment and she will work tirelessly to keep the hospital moving in the right direction and to keep the patient as its focus.”


Board of Directors Chair, Lynda Hendriks added that, “there has been concern and speculation over the future of the hospital and its sites. I want to offer assurances that the hospital has no intention of closing sites or even entertaining that notion.”


Ms. Bisonette is a strong proponent of our multi-site facility and has confirmed her commitment to acute care services at both sites of our phenomenal organization.


About PSFDH:


The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (the “Hospital”) is a fully accredited 97-bed acute care health care organization located on two state-of-the-art sites. The hospital is situated in the heart of the Rideau Canal region and proudly provides health services to more than 44,000 people in the surrounding communities. The hospital delivers a broad range of primary and secondary services and programs such as emergency care, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, general and specialty surgical services, dialysis as well as laboratory and infection control services.


For more information please contact:


Linda Bisonette, President & CEO


Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital


613-283-2330 ext. 1110


Great War Memorial Site
33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
Smiths Falls Site
60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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