The Board of Grey Bruce Health Services has announced the resignation of Lance Thurston from the position of President and CEO, effective February 28, 2019.  Thurston has been the President and CEO of GBHS since August 2014. Between now and February 28, Thurston will be assisting the Board and staff with the transition of responsibilities.

The Board recognizes Thurston’s leadership through a critical period in the evolution of GBHS. The significant goals achieved under his watch include: the construction and completion of the new emergency department at Saugeen Memorial Hospital; strengthened relationships between GBHS and its hospital foundations and auxiliaries; establishment of a new Oncology unit at Owen Sound Regional Hospital; enhancement of acute mental health and addiction services particularly to children and adolescents across Grey Bruce; expanding and stabilizing the Georgian Bay Information Network to now include 15 hospitals; and enhanced quality of care and patient experience at all of our hospitals.

“The Board is grateful to Lance for his years of dedicated service, both as a former board member and as President and CEO,” stated Chair Brenda Kearney. “We appreciate his many contributions to GBHS and wish him every success in the future,” she added.

“It has been a great honour and privilege to have been entrusted with leading GBHS for the past five years and being able to work alongside so many fine professionals in service of the people of Grey and Bruce counties,” said Thurston. “It is my time to move on and it is time for the organization to select new leadership with fresh ideas and approaches to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I wish the Board and the entire organization all the very best.”

Media contact: Nicole Schmidt, Communications Coordinator, GBHS, 519-376-2121 ext. 2805, nischmidt@gbhs.on.ca www.gbhs.on.ca