First day on the job for new NHS president

 

Niagara Health System president Dr. Suzanne Johnston.

Niagara Health System president Dr. Suzanne Johnston.

 
Niagara Health System’s new president marked her first day on the job Tuesday.
“I can’t tell you how much I have been looking forward to today and how excited I am about working together with the NHS team and Niagara residents to shape the future of healthcare in Niagara,” said Dr. Suzanne Johnston in a release.
Johnston said Niagara is an amazing region of communities, and she strongly believes the NHS is poised to be one of the great Canadian hospital systems.
“A lot of excellent work by many hands has brought us to where we are today, and I am very impressed with the world-class patient care that I am hearing about and seeing across all of our sites.”
She said one of the first important aspects in her new role will be continuing on the work to build relationships and trust.
“Our future success is dependent on how we engage the NHS team – our volunteers, staff, physicians – and our communities in our vision for healthcare in Niagara. This engagement includes how we interact with people both inside and outside the organization, and how we respond to their feedback.”
The NHS has 4,256 employees, 650 physicians and 1,100 volunteers, with an annual operating budget of approximately $468 million, serving 434,000 residents at six sites.
“I strongly believe in being present and available, and I will be out and about at all of our sites and in the community on a frequent basis,” said Johnston, originally from New Brunswick.
She has more than 25 years of leadership experience in health care and government and had served as vice-president of clinical programs, and chief nursing officer at Northern Health Authority, an organization serving northern B.C. with over 24 hospitals, 14 long-term care facilities, and community services providing specialized services to diverse populations including aboriginal Canadians.
“There is no question the St. Catharines site is an impressive facility, and I am looking forward to joining the planning that is underway for the south Niagara hospital and two urgent care centres. The future is bright for healthcare in Niagara,” said Johnston.