Ontario Appoints Supervisor for Brant Community Healthcare System
Province Addressing Organizational Challenges to Improve Access to Care
Ontario has appointed Ms. Bonnie Adamson as supervisor for the Brant Community Healthcare System to address management and governance concerns and improve hospital operations.
The appointment was prompted by Dr. Tim Rutledge's investigation of the hospital's operational and financial performance. He provided his final report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on June 28, 2017.
As supervisor, Ms. Adamson will draw on her more than 40 years of health care leadership experience, including a previous appointment as a hospital investigator, and 25 years in senior management in both rural community and urban teaching hospital environments.
In her new role, Ms. Adamson will have the authority to exercise all of the powers of the hospital board, the corporation, its officers and employees. She will start her work immediately and report directly to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Under Ms. Adamson's supervision, all hospital programs and services will be maintained to ensure patients continue to receive quality health care.
- Brantford General Hospital (BGH) and The Willett Hospital (TWH) in Paris, Ontario, became partners under one corporation in 1999 known as the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS). BGH is a full service community hospital, while TWH houses an urgent care centre and outpatient medical imaging, among other services.
- Bonnie Adamson has held the role of President and CEO at London Health Sciences Centre, North York General Hospital, and Huron-Perth Hospital Partnership.
- Ms. Adamson holds a master’s degree in nursing administration from Western University and an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Toronto. She is a fellow at the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives, and was recently honoured with the Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service.
- Dr. Tim Rutledge, current President and CEO of North York General Hospital, was appointed investigator on February 15, 2017. Dr. Rutledge provided his final report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on June 28, 2017.
“Bonnie Adamson has the ideal combination of experience and knowledge to take the steps necessary to address the concerns brought forth by the investigator’s report. I am confident that Ms. Adamson will work closely with the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network, local leadership, the hospital and the community to help strengthen Brant Community Healthcare System’s programs and services, and ensure that local residents have confidence in the their hospital.”
“As supervisor, it will be my privilege to work with the Brantford Community Health System to ensure that the patients and families served receive the highest quality and safest care possible. Collaboration with patients, families, staff, physicians, the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network, other key stakeholders and communities served will be imperative to achieve this important outcome.”
Ms. Bonnie Adamson
“Bonnie Adamson is an experienced and respected health care leader and we look forward to assisting her in any way needed. The HNHB LHIN Board and staff understand how important the Brant Community Healthcare System is to the community, its patients and their caregivers. We are confident that Bonnie’s leadership and expertise will strengthen the organization and position it well for the future.”
Ms. Janine van den Heuvel