New Chair Of Champlain LHIN
McGuinty Government Nominates Prestigious Heart Surgeon
Dr. Wilbert Keon has been nominated as the new Chair of the Board of Directors of Champlain Local Health Integration Network. The nomination is subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.
Dr. Keon has led a distinguished career in medicine as a heart surgeon and health care executive and is also a retired Senator. He founded the University of Ottawa Heart Institute at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1976, a world-renowned facility which now bears his name. He acted as the Institute's CEO for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2004. Dr. Keon was appointed to the Senate in 1990 and has been named to the Order of Canada and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
The Champlain Local Health Integration Network ensures health services in the region are well organized, appropriately funded and meet the needs of residents of all ages.
- There are 20 hospitals, 59 community support agencies, 62 long-term care homes and 10 community health centres serving residents of Champlain LHIN.
“The wealth of experience that Dr. Keon brings to this important position will benefit the people and the health care sector in the Champlain LHIN. The direction of health care delivery in the region is in the best of hands with Dr. Keon's leadership.”
“Dr. Keon is legendary for his pioneering work as a heart surgeon. What may be less well known is his focus on preventing illness before it happens, addressing issues like poverty and linking services better together for the benefit of patients. I've worked with him in the past on these issues and look forward to working with him in future to implement the Champlain LHIN's vision of creating an effective, integrated regional health system that is organized around the needs of the people it serves.”