Crystal Houze, the Integrated President and CEO of Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital and Alexandra Hospital Ingersoll has voluntarily stepped down as President and CEO.
The hospitals now move to a different stage in their evolution.
“This was a very difficult decision for me, but I want to do what is best for AHI and TDMH,” said Houze in a media release Tuesday. “The two hospitals are in a period of transition and are benefiting from many positive initiatives. I hope it continues under strong leadership.”
When Houze was hired, both hospitals were in a deficit position, but today they enjoy balanced budgets, which is mandated by the South West Local Health Integration Network (South West LHIN). Houze has also been praised for establishing Campuses of Care in both Ingersoll and Tillsonburg where patients enjoy “one stop shopping” for healthcare services via enhanced ambulatory care clinics.
Houze has been acknowledged by the South West LHIN for the work she has done to revitalize small community hospitals and ensure they maintain an important role in the future of healthcare delivery.
"We will be looking for a new President and CEO," said Mel Getty, Board Chair of TDMH. "We have to have a board meeting to discuss which direction we will go in.
"There will be a replacement. Once we have a board meeting and determine a process," said Getty, noting there will be a meeting later this month, "we'll proceed with that - whatever that process is - to replace her. As of today, unless the board directs otherwise, it will be an Integrated President and CEO for both hospitals."