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Monday, February 14, 2011

Hospital CEO Retiring

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Bill Thibert was a hospital administrator for over 30 years, now calling it quits.

Goderich's Alexandra Marine and General Hospital CEO Bill Thibert has seen many changes in medicine and health care in his three decades as a hospital administrator.

Thibert is retiring this spring and has one achievement in particular on which to look back proudly.

Shortly after he arrived at AMGH in 2004 he was approached by senior medical staff with the idea of pursuing the purchase of a CT scanner.

The equipment was finally installed last year after a successful community campaign raised five-million dollars for the machine and the addition that houses it.

The CT scanner now serves as the springboard for other advances including the new TeleStroke service which starts on Tuesday.

Thibert reflects on how health care has improved since he started as a hospital administrator.

He believes the development of new technologies like CT scanners and MRI machines -- and a culture of disease prevention -- make patient care more efficient and focused.

Thibert says surgical patients are often discharged from hospital within a day or two of their procedure -- compared to more than a week in the early 1980's.

Thibert is glad that he could retire from a facility like AMGH.

He tells us he'd like to think he's left the hospital in relatively good shape and predicts AMGH's next challenge will be meeting the health care needs of an aging population.

In his retirement Thibert intends to pursue his passion for history with a focus on the War of 1812 and work on improving his health.


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