Matthew Anderson appointed President and CEO of Ontario Health

Posted on Friday December 20, 2019
Matthew Anderson

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, the Board of Directors of Ontario Health announced that Matthew Anderson is joining the new provincial health care agency as its President and CEO effective February 1, 2020.

Anderson has extensive team-building, system change and health care experience, including immersion in hospital and community networks, is highly focused on the needs and experiences of patients and caregivers, and brings a wide range of experiences to draw on to lead the transformation of Ontario's health system.

Since 2016 he has been serving as the President and CEO of Lakeridge Health, a health system and hospital network that serves Durham Region, Ontario. He has been working in health care since 1992 and rose quickly to leadership positions, becoming Chief Information Officer of University Health Network (UHN) in 1998, a Vice President at UHN in 2000, and was named one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 by the Globe and Mail in 2004. In 2008, Matthew was named CEO of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and in 2010, became CEO of William Osler Health System.

"Matthew joining Ontario Health as its President and CEO is a significant step towards building a modern government agency that, once fully established, will be responsible for creating a patient-centred, connected health care system that delivers high-quality services to Ontarians where and when they need them with the respect and dignity they deserve," says Bill Hatanaka, Chairman of the Board of Ontario Health.

Much work has been done in preparation for today's announcement which included a rigorous, national search and extensive consultations with many stakeholders across all health sectors to assist in identifying the right candidates for this role.

"We are delighted to have Matthew join our team and are eager to work with him," adds Hatanaka.

Currently, Ontario Health comprises highly-skilled staff from 19 health care agencies from across Ontario, who are bringing their combined knowledge, strengths and experiences into one integrated organization, collectively applying the best of what they do – through one strategy and one set of priorities - to actively support those on the frontlines and to benefit all Ontarians.

"I am extremely pleased that Matthew has agreed to bring his years of leadership experience in improving health care to his new role as President and CEO of Ontario Health," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "As a trusted, innovative and dynamic leader, he will play a key role in helping to transform our public health care system around people's needs to drive real improvements that patients will experience first-hand and that help end hallway health care."

Under Anderson's leadership, the team at Ontario Health will:

  • Support and help achieve the government's goal of ending hallway health care
  • Improve the quality of Ontario's health care by measuring it, creating evidence-based standards for what quality care looks like, and holding health care providers and organizations accountable for making improvements
  • Meet the health care needs of local communities through digital health and virtual care platforms, quality improvement initiatives as well as workforce planning and support
  • Apply key learnings from Ontario's world-class cancer system to address other areas of need – such as mental health and addictions and other chronic conditions
  • Leverage digital systems in order to drive efforts to modernize the current health care system
  • Pace change and achieve transformation while protecting front-line care
  • And engage with professional stakeholders, patients, families, other caregivers, Indigenous, Francophone and other communities and partners to ensure Ontario Health's insights are rich, its relationships are strong, and the opportunities forged together are beneficial to all Ontarians

"I am looking very forward to joining Ontario Health and supporting the creation of a modernized and more integrated patient-centred health care system," says Matthew Anderson. "The potential for our collective strength in partnership with health sector stakeholders, patients and their caregivers is enormous."

Ontario Health, once fully established, will be the provincial agency responsible for ensuring Ontarians receive high-quality health care services where and when they need them. www.ontariohealth.ca

SOURCE Ontario Health

 

On behalf of Sharon Cochran, Chair, Board of Trustees

It is with mixed emotions I share with you that Matthew Anderson, President and CEO will be leaving Lakeridge Health to assume the role of President and CEO of Ontario Health.

This is a tremendous opportunity for Matt and for the provincial health system. In this new role, Matt will utilize his considerable system building, collaborative partnership and leadership skills to shape the future of health care in Ontario. While this is a loss for our organization, it is a tremendous gain for people who access health services in Ontario.

Since joining Lakeridge Health in November 2016, Matt has guided our organization with humility, courage and passion as we embarked on a transformation to be the regional acute health care provider for Durham Region and a known provincial leader in the sector.

Building on the significant success of the organization, Matt championed the collaborative development of our new five-year Strategic Plan, implementation of numerous transformation projects including launch of the new regional clinical information system project, as well as building and reimagining our relationship with patients and families, our community and health and social service partners.

Matt's move to lead Ontario Health is also a wonderful reflection of the collective work and achievements of the entire Lakeridge Health team. In particular, his efforts to mentor and build a strong and talented leadership team, and connect with people throughout our organization and our community have created a strong foundation within Lakeridge Health.

Over the coming weeks, the Board of Trustees will develop a process to identify an interim President and CEO and a recruitment plan for a permanent President and CEO. We will share further information as it becomes available.

On behalf of the Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees, please join me in congratulating Matt.

Early in the New Year, we will share the details of a goodbye tea for Matt that will be held prior to his departure at the end of January 2020. In the meantime, I hope you find time to congratulate Matt directly.