St. Joseph’s Health System (SJHS) appoints Dr. Tom Stewart as the new incoming chief executive officer (CEO) of SJHS and Niagara Health.
Dr. Stewart is currently serving in an integrated system role as joint chief of staff for Niagara Health, where he is also executive vice-president medical, at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital. He is set to begin his new role on Aug. 1, 2018.
St. Joseph’s Health System spans six different member organisations within the region, including St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, St. Joseph’s Health in Guelph, St. Joseph’s Home Care, St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre in Brantford, and St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas. These organisations total budget is $1.3 billion and account for an estimated 13,000 staff and physicians and 2,800 beds.
“The board of directors unanimously endorsed Dr. Stewart’s appointment as our next CEO of SJHS and Niagara Health,” says Dr. Anne Anderson, chair of the board of directors for SJHS. “Tom is an internationally recognized healthcare executive, academic and physician leader who brings a deep commitment to our mission of compassionate care and service as well as a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this important role.”
Dr. Stewart is renowned provincially and nationally for his outstanding contributions to the health care system. As well as an award-winning physician, he is also a professor at McMaster University in the department of medicine and formerly at the University of Toronto, where he led numerous innovative clinical trials that were published in leading journals around the globe.
“The board of directors at Niagara Health is extremely proud of the accomplishments that have taken place under Dr. Stewart’s leadership since he took on the role of Niagara Health’s chief of staff and executive vice president medical affairs in May 2014,” says John Bragagnolo, chair of Niagara Health Board of Directors. “Two impressive highlights include his work with the Niagara Health team to increase the hospital’s focus on our academic and research mission, and the recruitment of 150 leading physician specialists to our region. We look forward to working with Dr. Stewart in his new role and building on the great momentum that is taking place in Niagara.”
Dr. Stewart graduated with a Doctor of Medicine with Honours from the University of Ottawa followed by training in internal medicine and adult critical care medicine at the University of Toronto. He undertook further research training at the University of Paris VI and the University of Toronto.
“I am proud to be chosen as the next leader of St. Joseph’s Health System and Niagara Health,” says Dr. Stewart. “We have an exciting opportunity to build on the incredible success that led to the creation of one of the largest health care systems in the country. I look forward to growing the highly regarded and innovative, integrated model of care and our academic mandate, in partnership with leading post-secondary institutions such as McMaster University, Brock University, Niagara and Mohawk Colleges.”