Lakeridge Health Community Celebrates Achievements and Launches Strategic Plan at Annual General Meeting

Posted on Tuesday June 25, 2019

New Vision Reimagines the Future of Health Care in Durham Region 

North Pickering, ON – Lakeridge Health celebrated a year of achievements and launched a new Strategic Plan that reimagines the future of health in Durham Region at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 20.

Highlights from 2018/19 included:

  • Improvements to the experience of patients and families in Lakeridge Health Emergency Departments.
  • New services such as the Gynecologic Oncology Centre at Oshawa Hospital, Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinics, and the new Complex Continuing Care Unit at Bowmanville Hospital.
  • Partnerships to support people to access the services they need inside and outside of the acute care system, including the Carriage House Reactivation Program for seniors returning home from the hospital.
  • The reopening of the Port Perry Hospital.

The event featured a story from Shahnaz Salim of Bowmanville, whose 15-month old son Jessiah is the smallest patient in Canada to ever receive a pacemaker.

Members elected Barb Brady of Port Perry to her first three-year term on the Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees and elected Alok Sethi and Marek Ulanicki of Whitby to a second three-year term. The organization also paid tribute to four outgoing members who have served Lakeridge Health and our communities for a combined 26 years: Mark Ashcroft of Oshawa, Jim Clapp of Oshawa, Stindar Lal of Courtice and Will Stephen of Oshawa.

See here for a full list of the 2019/20 Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees.

“We are pleased to celebrate our remarkable progress in 2018/19 to serve our communities better,” said Sharon Cochran, Lakeridge Heath Board Chair. “Our accomplishments and vision for the future are only possible because of the tremendous dedication, hard work and compassion of Lakeridge Health’s talented team and entire community.”

Lakeridge Health also launched its 2019-2024 Strategic Plan and ambitious Vision, “One System. Best Health.”, reflecting a shared commitment to support the people of Durham Region to achieve their best health.

 “We are excited to join our communities and partners to reimagine and reshape the health system in Durham Region,” said Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health President and CEO. “Thank you to the patients and families, the community, our partners and tremendous team for your unwavering commitment to creating a leading health system that puts people first and will serve our great region for generations to come.”

“No matter where people seek care and no matter what they need, they will be connected to the services and supports that help them achieve their best health,” said Dr. Stone. “This means supporting individuals and families to prevent and manage chronic disease and using technology to connect people with services in their homes, workplaces and communities.”

Local Health Care Hero Award

Lakeridge Health named the recipient of its second Local Health Care Hero Award. Recognizing her extensive involvement in community development and philanthropy in education, health care and the arts, Lakeridge Health named Kent Farndale the winner of the prestigious 2018/19 Local Health Care Hero Award.

For several decades, Kent has been an active volunteer and advocate for Port Perry Hospital, including serving as the Chair of hospital’s Board in the 1990s. As a member of Port Perry Hospital’s Expansion Committee, she was instrumental in fundraising to develop the Steven B. Roman Wing. She was also a member and past president of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.

“I am proud of the work that I have been part of over the last four decades to improve health care in Port Perry and Durham,” said Kent Farndale. “A few of the highlights are serving on the North Durham Community Advisory Panel since its inception and being part of the Lakeridge Health Master Planning Steering Committee to plan the health services and facilities in Durham Region for the next 20 years and beyond.”

Annual Report

To learn more about Lakeridge Health’s 2018/19 achievements download Lakeridge Health’s Annual Report and see interactive highlights from the AGM at

About Lakeridge Health
Lakeridge Health is Durham Region’s acute health care provider. With five hospitals, four emergency departments, a residential treatment centre and more than a dozen community health care locations, the new Lakeridge Health is working to provide the best experience for patients and their families. Home to the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre and Pinewood Centre, Lakeridge Health also provides regional mental health, eye care and nephrology services. Lakeridge Health’s dedicated team of more than 5,400 employees, more than 760 physicians and1,500 volunteers provide care to the more than 650,000 people living and working in Durham Region. Visit us on social media on Twitter or Facebook.




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