A new Interim President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) was appointed at a special meeting of the GBHS Board of Directors, as the search continues for a lasting figurehead.
Joanne Flewwelling will replace Maureen Solecki who returned from retirement to tentatively fill the role vacated by Lance Thurston.
Flewwelling is a retired healthcare executive with 25 years of leadership experience. She was the Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at William Osler Health System a $700M community hospital in Brampton for several years and served as its Interim President and CEO prior to her retirement in 2018.
Flewwelling says, "I am happy to step in and assist GBHS on an interim basis while the search for the new CEO continues. My family have required care in the GBHS hospital group since our move here and I have been very impressed with the quality and dedication of the staff at GBHS. This is a very exciting time for the health care system and I am happy to play a leadership role, working with our staff and physicians as well as our external partners to continue the delivery of quality care to our community."
Board Chair Brenda Kearney says, "We are deeply grateful to Maureen for stepping out of retirement and assisting us for the past 6 months. She has been welcomed back to GBHS with open arms and has provided excellent guidance and a stabilizing impact on the organization throughout. Her leadership style and long history with the organization have enable her to tackle some challenging issues over her time with us and we are in her debt. Maureen was clear at the outset that there was an end date to her commitment to us. We respect that and we completely understand her desire to return to retirement."
The Board of Directors has been engaged in the selection process for its new CEO for several months now. While the selection process is well underway, no decision on a candidate has been made.