Ray Racette is the new president and CEO at Kenora's hospital. After stops in Ottawa and Winnipeg, Racette says he's looking forward to the challenge.

"There are some big projects. The new hospital, the all-nations health system. There are really some interesting items to work on," he said.

Racette has spent the last 10 years as president and CEO of the Canadian College of Health Leaders in Ottawa. His career has also included stops in Winnipeg, where he led Victoria General Hospital. In Morden, he helped merge Morden and Winkler's aging hospitals into one new building.

He adds he's familiar with Lake of the Woods, since he's got family in the Rainy River area, and he enjoyed visits from his time in Winnipeg and Morden.

Racette noted he got to know many health care leaders through his time at the college, as well as Manitoba. Early in his career, he spent time in Yellowknife, where he got to know about the importance of geography and Indigenous cultures.

Racette also emphasized the importance of gathering knowledge to form decisions and provide direction, rather than offering a more top-down approach to leadership.

"There's a lot of work to do to actually get this stuff aligned and also build something for the future, because we're pretty fragmented," he said.

Racette is hoping to officially start work in Kenora in late September, and he's looking forward to work being completed on the new operating rooms at Lake of the Woods.

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Racette to lead Kenora's hospital

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