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Muskoka born leader returns as President and CEO of Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

3/14/2008 12:00:00 AM

The Board of Soldier’s Memorial Hospital today announced that Elisabeth J. Riley, born and raised on a farm in the Bracebridge area and with a distinguished career as a health professional and executive leading some of Canada’s most prestigious institutions, is returning to the region as the hospital’s new President and CEO.


Riley started her career in health care as a nurse’s aide at the hospital in Bracebridge and then was educated at McGill University as a physical therapist.  After working as a clinician, Ms. Riley obtained her Master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of Montreal. 


During her career, in addition to hospital leadership roles in her professional discipline, she has served as Interim Executive Director of the Montreal Rehabilitation Institute, Executive Director and CEO of the Montreal Children’s Hospital (now part of the McGill University Health Centre), was President and CEO of the Children’s and Women’s Hospitals of British Columbia and served as Dean of Health Sciences at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. 


Most recently Riley, who is fluently bilingual, operated a private enterprise providing patient advocacy and health system navigation services for patients with complex illnesses.


In announcing the appointment, Bob Middaugh, Soldier’s Board Chair said “After conducting a national search, the Board was impressed with Elisabeth’s commitment to patients, to patient care, and to creating harmonious and satisfying work environments for health professionals and staff.”


“I am not only thrilled to be coming back to the region where I started my career in health care but also to a role as the chief executive officer of a hospital that enjoys such strong and obvious community support," Riley commented. "Soldiers’ has a 100 year history of caring for the people of this community and it will be an honour to work with the Board, staff, physicians, and volunteers to continue the tradition and contribute to the delivery of quality health care and services to patients and families.”


Riley will commence her duties as President and CEO on April 14, 2008.




For more information please contact:


Sharon Burkhart, Director, Public Affairs

Tel: (705) 327-9179

Email: sburkhart@osmh.on.ca

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