STEGH Board and CEO confirm transition of leadership in October

(St. Thomas, ON) – St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) Board Chair, Melanie Taylor, announced today that the Board of Governors received official notice from Paul Collins, President and CEO, that he would be leaving STEGH when his current contract expires in October 2016.

“On behalf of the STEGH Board of Governors and the community I would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the exceptional leadership, passion, and dedication that Paul Collins has provided to our hospital and community in his role as President and CEO over the past 15 years,” says Taylor.

In a message to staff and physicians, Taylor highlighted two of Collins’ most notable achievements, including:

  • Having the vision to develop and implement a continuous improvement culture and quality improvement culture at STEGH to ensure that it operates an innovative, highly efficient, and effective organization. This has allowed STEGH to balance budgets, add new services, increase front-line staff, improve quality of care, and improve patient satisfaction during a five year period of zero funding increases from the Government;
  • Gaining approval for STEGH’s long-awaited and much-needed Re-development Project. Collins’ vision, commitment, and determination to advocate for and champion the process of approval with the Ministry of Health greatly contributed to the ‘Great Expansion’, which is the single largest investment in our hospital since it was built six decades ago.

In her message to staff and physicians, Taylor noted that “The success of a leader is demonstrated in the success of the organization” and highlighted some of STEGH’s most recent achievements including:

  • Maintaining balanced budgets every year since 2006 and reducing overall debt, which was once among the highest of all hospitals in Ontario, to a level below the provincial average
  • Achieving impressive patient satisfaction scores with 94% of patients indicating their stay to be excellent or very good
  • Sustaining the lowest emergency wait times in Ontario despite a 37% increase in ER visits, resulting in significant Pay for Performance funding from the Ministry
  • Receipt of one gold and four platinum Quality Healthcare Workplace awards from the Ontario Hospital Association.
  • Receipt of Accreditation Canada awards at the ‘Exemplary’ and ‘Commendation’ levels.
  • Establishing STEGH’s first ‘Patient Experience Council’ of skilled volunteers from our community.
  • Selected as one of four District Stroke Centers in the southwest LHIN.
  • Recruitment of great doctors who continue to strengthen our Intensive Care, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery, Medicine, Mental Health and Diagnostic Imaging services.
  • STEGH Foundation surpassing original targets and raising over $14 million in support of STEGH’s ‘Great Expansion’ from generous donors throughout St. Thomas, Aylmer and across Elgin County (the largest fundraising campaign in community history). It is important to note that donations to hospital foundations in Ontario can only be used for building projects and equipment and cannot be used to support day-to-day operations.

The Board of Governors created a President and CEO Succession Planning Committee in May 2015 and retained the services of The MedFall Group in December 2015 to assist in recruitment, selection, and transition of a new President and CEO. The formal recruitment process will begin in the next few weeks.

“I am confident that we will find a strong, influential and visionary leader to sustain and grow the exceptional work done under Paul’s leadership so that STEGH can continue to deliver an excellent patient care experience – every time – to the people we serve,” adds Taylor.


For more information, contact:
Nancy Lawrence, Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Lead, STEGH
T: 519-631-2030, ext. 2184 E:

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