Ray Racette is taking over as the new president and CEO of Kenora's hospital. Racette has most recently served as the president and CEO of the Canadian College of Health Leaders in Ottawa, as well as the president and CEO of Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg and Boundary Trails Health Centre in Winkler and Morden in southern Manitoba.
His resume includes a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science from Queen's. Racette has published a number of articles on improving health care and leadership.
He's also been active in Rotary, serving as president of the Fort Garry Club in Winnipeg and the director of international services, as well as helping with Winnipeg's United Way.
Hospital board chair Wendy Cuthbert was pleased with the selection saying, "His knowledge and skills in relationship building and leadership will help us to set a positive culture, so we can better address our healthcare challenges and create a healthcare system that our communities will appreciate. We are very excited and hopeful.”
Medical staff were also encouraged by the announcement.
"Mr. Racette brings with him expertise in collaborative problem solving, board governance, transformation of existing programs and development of new programs and new hospital development. The medical staff has recently rescinded our motion of non-confidence in the board and senior management of the LWDH (Lake of the Woods District Hospital) and look forward to this new collaborative relationship," noted Dr. Tim Wehner, who is the president of the medical staff association.
Racette will officially begin in late September, and he succeeds Mark Balcaen in the position.
The transition comes following an organizational review, which cited a significant rift between staff and management that was impacting patient care.
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