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​Barrett leaving South Bruce Grey Health Centre, effective March 31

November 28, 2022

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre board of directors regrets to announce that Michael Barrett (above), president and chief executive officer (CEO), has elected not to renew his contract beyond its expiration date of March 31, 2023. The health centre operates the hospitals in Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley and Durham.

“Michael (Barrett) has provided more than four years of outstanding leadership to the health centre through some very difficult times, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current crisis associated with the province-wide shortage of health human resources,” said board chairman Bill Heikkila, in a press release issued Monday.

“His extensive experience, along with his collaboration and communication skills, have advanced health care at the health centre and throughout the region. He has also been a strong voice for rural health care at provincial tables. While the board of directors is very willing to renew his contract, we completely understand his desire to spend more time closer to his family in London.”

During Barrett’s tenure, a comprehensive strategic plan was developed and implemented, a regional Ontario Health Team (OHT) was created and approved, and a detailed Nursing Recruitment and Retention Action was developed and implemented for the health centre.

In addition, working closely with the four hospital foundations, the health centre has seen substantial capital projects and improvements at all four sites, with more still in the works.

“Although the board has offered to renew my contract, I have decided that I want to spend more time at home, closer to my family and friends,” said Barrett. “I have been living away from home during the week for more than four years now, and the time has come for me to be closer to home throughout the entire week.

“I care deeply about the staff, physicians, and the board, and have appreciated all of their support throughout my time with the health centre. I have committed to work with the board to take all necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition to a new president and CEO.”

The recruitment process has been initiated with a goal of having a new president and CEO in place in time to allow a suitable overlap prior to Barrett’s departure.

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