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Ontario Appoints Supervisor For Niagara Health System

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Ontario Appoints Supervisor For Niagara Health System

McGuinty Government Restoring Public Confidence In Local Health System

Ministry of Health

Ontario has appointed Dr. Kevin Smith as supervisor for Niagara Health System (NHS).

Dr. Smith, an experienced hospital executive, will work to implement the necessary measures to restore public confidence in the local hospital system. Despite past efforts, doubts remain about the hospital's ability to meet Niagara-area residents' expectations of their local health care system.

As supervisor, Smith will assume full powers of the hospital board, the corporation, its officers and members of the corporation. He starts his work immediately and he will report directly to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Quick Facts

  • Niagara Health System is Ontario's largest multi-site hospitals comprised of six hospital sites and one ambulatory care centre including: Greater Niagara General (Niagara Falls), St. Catharines General Hospital, Welland Hospital, Douglas Memorial (Fort Erie), Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne General Site and Ontario Street Site (St. Catharines).
  • The NHS serves 434,000 residents across 12 municipalities that make up the Region of Niagara.
  • Funding at NHS has increased by $122,864,400, or 59.9 per cent, since 2003/04.
  • Dr. Kevin Smith was a former supervisor at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in 2003/04.

Background Information


“I want everyone in the Niagara region to have full confidence in the Niagara Health System. I know Dr. Kevin Smith has the experience and knowledge that will enable him to continue to improve patient care and help the NHS regain its stature in the community. I want to keep working with the people of the Niagara region to strengthen the NHS and make sure it remains an anchor in the community for years to come.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I look forward to working closely with everyone in the Niagara region, including the management and staff at Niagara Health System, to strengthen the NHS. I'm excited to listen to the community and get to work to ensure that they can be proud of the care they receive at their local hospitals.”

Dr. Kevin Smith


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