CKHA names new board

Feb 14 • Feature Story, Local NewsNo Comments on CKHA names new board

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) announced its new Board of Directors recently.

This is the final step in the move to a new hospital corporation governing both the Chatham and Wallaceburg hospital sites with a single Board of Directors.

The selection of the new Board of Directors is the culmination of a robust and professional search process.

Using an executive search firm, potential candidates were sought from across the region. A Nominations and Selection Committee guided the process. This committee was comprised of three inaugural Board members, Greg Aarssen, Dan Miskokomon and Sharon Pfaff, along with Lori Marshall, Dr. Pervez Faruqi, Dr. Allison Morand and Ron Thomson from the Rural Health Advisory Committee.

“I am impressed with the caliber and skills of the individuals from across Chatham-Kent who are willing to step up and volunteer their time and expertise to serve on the Board of Directors,” said interim CKHA supervisor Rob Devitt in a media release. “I am confident that these outstanding individuals will provide a new standard in governance for CKHA. I am pleased with the way this group fills the range of skills we were looking for and reflect the geography and rural and urban communities that our organizations serves.”

The following individuals are the new board of CKHA:

Greg Aarssen, Wallaceburg; Kathryn Biondi, rural Chatham-Kent; Robert Dye, Ridgetown; Brian Glover, Wallaceburg; Deborah Hook, Wallaceburg; Rita Mezei, Chatham; Dan Miskokomon, Bkejwanong Territory/Walpole Island First Nation (WIFN); Geetu Pathak, Chatham-Kent; Sharon Pfaff, Erieau; Mark Richards, North Kent; April Rietdyk, Chatham-Kent; and Betty Schepens, Wallaceburg.

This final step follows the approval of a single corporation for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care effective Feb. 1.

The new board members will participate in an extensive orientation program later this month as they transition to take over the governance role beginning on April 1, the start of the next fiscal year for the organization.

“This is very exciting for CKHA and the community. While I have enjoyed my time working with community and the CKHA organization, it is time to return the hospital governance to the local community,” Devitt said.

For more information visit www.askckha.com. All biographies are posted under “Governance.”

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