After 21 years at the helm of the Hanover and District Hospital, President and CEO Katrina Wilson has announced her upcoming retirement plans.
Hospital Board Chair Dave Cardwell praises Katrina Wilson as a “Champion on compassionate patient care and quality healthcare services all of her professional life.”
Wilson is not only the longest serving President and CEO HDH has ever had, but she was also the first female in all of Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth Counties to hold the position of Hospital CEO.
Looking back, Wilson says there was no roadmap when she started this adventure.
She says it has been a highly challenging role that has provided her with a deeply satisfying career.
Wilson has spent the last 26 years at HDH, 21 of those years at President/CEO. (prior to that she was Director of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer)
Wilson leaves behind an impressive legacy of balanced budgets with surpluses and a number of transformations and developments both inside and outside of HDH.
This includes: relocating the day surgery unit, creating a more spacious laboratory area and partnering with St. Mary’s ‘Hearts in Motion’ to create HDH’s Cardiac Rehab.
Wilson also fostered a number of partnerships with health care organizations such as VON, Home and Community Support Services and the Family Health Team to create a very buys and active Heath Care Hub.
Wilson says her all time joy however was witnessing the community rally with the hospital to help HDH be designated for a CT Scanner.
Under her leadership, the Hanover and District Hospital has won a number of awards including two recent back to back Exemplary Accreditation Awards, the highest award that can be obtained under the quality of care survey process of Accreditation Canada.
It is not surprising HDH has done so well as Wilson is also a licensed Accreditor for Accreditation Canada and has traveled to hospitals across Canada to critique them.
She once even traveled as far as Kuwait to help a hospital there get up to Canadian Accreditation hospital standards.
Wilson’s last day on the job will be January 31st.
Wilson says while she has enjoyed her time at HDH she is now eager to start a new adventure which will allow her to relax, paint, travel and take on projects that until now she has never had the time to pursue.