Lakeridge Health Announces Brian Pollard as New Health System Executive

Posted on Wednesday February 28, 2024

(Durham Region) – February 28, 2024 – Lakeridge Health is pleased to announce that, effective April 8, Brian Pollard will be joining the organization’s Senior Leadership Team as a Health System Executive, Clinical responsible for healthy aging, long-term care, complex continuing care, regional nephrology and diabetes, and family and community medicine.

He will also be supporting the Durham Ontario Health Team and will lead population health engagement, as part of Lakeridge Health’s work related to inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and anti-racism.

“We are excited to welcome Brian Pollard to the Lakeridge Health team,” said Cynthia Davis, President and CEO, Lakeridge Health. “Brian brings a wealth of experience, strategic vision, and proven leadership that aligns with Lakeridge Health’s vision of One System. Best Health. Brian joins us at a time of growth at Lakeridge Health and in Durham Region. We’re confident that his expertise and acumen will play a key role in helping us to drive innovation, collaboration, and system transformation. We look forward to the valuable contributions Brian will undoubtedly make as we embark on this journey together.”

“I’m truly honoured to join the Lakeridge Health team,” said Brian Pollard, incoming Health System Executive, Clinical, Lakeridge Health. “I’m thrilled about being a part of a team that embraces the importance of empowering people to live their best health and fosters a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and ant-racism. I look forward to sharing my knowledge, skills, and experience at one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in Ontario.”

For more than two decades, Brian has provided strategic and operational leadership in increasingly senior roles in complex business environments, including the Government of Ontario, Ontario hospitals, and in government policy advocacy and consulting. He has led some of the most challenging initiatives, including transforming the health-care and long-term care systems to be sustainable, ensuring a higher quality of care.

Prior to joining Lakeridge Health, Brian served as the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) for the Long-Term Care Capital Development Division at the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC) where he was responsible for implementing the largest development program in recent provincial history and the commencement of construction and opening of thousands of beds.

He has also held other ADM roles in the MLTC, as well as ADM and Director roles in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with responsibilities for regulating, funding, and setting policy for the long-term care sector and transforming the funding approaches for the hospital and long-term care capital sectors.
Before moving to the Government of Ontario, Brian held executive roles at the Ontario Long Term Care Association and clinical program administration roles at University Health Network and Lakeridge Health. He started his career at ICF (Inner City Fund) in Washington, DC.


About Lakeridge Health
With five hospitals, four emergency departments, three critical care units, a long-term care home, a full range of medical and surgical specialties, more than 20 community health-care locations and a state-of-the-art surgical centre within the soon-to-open Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre, Lakeridge Health offers some of the broadest and most comprehensive acute care, ambulatory care, and long-term care services in Ontario.

Lakeridge Health is also home to several regional specialty centres and services, including the Central East Regional Cancer Program, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre, The Shoulder Centre, and eye care and chronic kidney disease services. Additionally, we are proud to serve our community with a full suite of inpatient, ambulatory, and community-based mental health and addictions services, and provide safe, high-quality, compassionate care in our state-of-the-art long-term care home, Lakeridge Gardens.

Guided by our vision of One System. Best Health. and supported by a dedicated team of more than 8,700 staff, physicians, and volunteers, Lakeridge Health is a proud member of the Durham Ontario Health Team (Durham OHT) and works in collaboration with the Durham OHT, as well as primary care, and community and government partners to foster a truly integrated, regional system of care. Together, we are focused on empowering people to live their best health and fostering an accessible, inclusive, and equitable environment for all.

For more information, please contact:

Sharon Navarro
Manager, PR and Digital Communications
Lakeridge Health