The Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Guy Chartrand to the position of President and CEO, effective April 1, 2014. "We are delighted to have Mr. Chartrand join the G&M Hospital. His demonstrated leadership skills as the President & Chief Executive Officer for both the Mattawa General Hospital and the Mattawa Seniors Living organization (a combined 82 bed facility), along with his strong credentials set him apart from the competition, and it was a unanimous decision by the hiring committee. We look forward to his arrival and to have him at the helm of the G&M Hospital as we continue to enhance patient care and ensure the future vision of our hospital," says Shiela Metras, Board Chair.
A progressive career path has provided Chartrand with twenty years of senior leadership experience and a firm foundation upon which to build a record of outstanding professional success. Throughout his career, Chartrand has been actively recruited and promoted to increasingly visible and demanding management roles. In addition to his most recent leadership roles in Mattawa, Mr. Chartrand also held the position of President and CEO of the Notre-Dame Hospital (a 44 bed facility) and was the Chief Operations Officer for a multi-site operation with more than 325 employees.
As a strong advocate for local health system integration, Guy collaborated with each of the other health service providers to ensure that patients would experience a seamless system of care and support services. He led the amalgamation of the Mattawa Hospital and Algonquin Nursing Home and was part of the team solving radiology wait-times in the North East LHIN.
While very much a people-oriented leader, Chartrand brings his extensive experience with successful capital/building projects to the G&M Hospital - having successfully completed the Mattawa Hospital Redevelopment, as well as the expansion and extensive renovation project at the Notre-Dame Hospital.
Chartrand's visible and persuasive leadership style, along with an innate ability to identify solutions for operational and cultural challenges, is what helps to drive his consistent success. In addition, he combines a thorough understanding of finance and operations to create an innovative environment that stimulates and fosters positive change. In working with internal and external stakeholders, Guy is conscious that each "voice" has the potential to make a meaningful contribution, so he makes it a point to listen carefully to everyone.
In addition to obtaining an MBA as well as an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University, Chartrand continues to make Laurentian a large part of his professional focus as a part-time MBA and undergrad professor. He is widely acknowledged as a supportive professor who approaches the academic environment with a great deal of enthusiasm. He has also been nominated through the Centre for Academic Excellence nomination in 2013 by his students. In fact, a life-long learner himself, Chartrand is currently pursuing his PhD through Pecs University in Hungary. His thesis, Leading Teams, aligns perfectly with his professional mandate to "infuse life into organizational design."
"To survive and thrive in the emerging healthcare environment in Ontario, healthcare organizations need to become true Learning Organizations, capable of tapping into the knowledge and wisdom of our healthcare service providers on the front-lines of care delivery," says Chartrand.
While investing in the learning and growth of staff and focusing on patient-centred care are among Chartrand's top priorities as CEO, he has always demonstrated his deep commitment to meeting the organization's financial bottom-line. He balanced the Mattawa Hospital budget after 10 consecutive years of losses and began to build a reserve fund.
Completely bilingual in both French and English, Chartrand has developed a robust professional network with a diverse group of stakeholders, province-wide and nationally.
He looks forward to meeting the South Georgian Bay community as he and his family relocate to the area.
The photo shows Shiela Metras, Chair of the Collingwood G&M Hospital Board of Trustees with the new President & CEO, Guy Chartrand as the CEO contract is signed.