For Immediate Release
May 7, 2014
LONDON, Ont. – Ruthe Anne Conyngham, Chair of the Board of Directors at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), today announced that Murray Glendining has been named the hospital’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Glendining brings a wealth of experience to the role at LHSC and assumes this position permanently after recently serving as Acting President and CEO at LHSC, demonstrating exceptional leadership, significantly advancing LHSC’s strategic objectives, driving engagement of front line staff and physicians through transformational change initiatives, and further strengthening partnerships with key system stakeholders.
“Murray was unanimously selected by the Board after a very extensive process to consider all potential options,” said Conyngham. “As a systems thinker, a collaborative partner and a respected advisor in health-care policy in the province, Murray is ideally suited to guide LHSC through the transformation underway in the sector. The appointment of a new CEO in a complex academic hospital like LHSC can be a disruptive event, so we are tremendously fortunate to have the best candidate for the job already within our leadership team.”
Glendining joined LHSC in June 2012 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Clinical Support, responsible for Finance, Diagnostic Services, Clinical and Information Technology, Facilities Management, Business Development & Commercial Operations and Decision Support. Prior to joining LHSC, Murray spent ten years with Hamilton Health Sciences Centre as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and later assumed the additional role of Regional Chief Information Officer for the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN where he led the provincial strategy for an electronic health record within the region.
Educated at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Glendining is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. His health-care background also includes CFO positions with a major academic health sciences centre and regional health authority in western Canada. He has also consulted extensively across North America with international corporations, working with a number of government agencies including the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
“With a deep understanding of all facets of Ontario’s health-care system, Murray is a strong advocate for, and partner in, driving positive changes that result in a better health system,” said Anthony Dale, CEO, Ontario Hospital Association.
“Murray deeply appreciates the importance of an integrated approach across London’s health-care system and indeed the region,” said Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care London. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Murray to implement new models of service that create better outcomes for patients.”
Says Dr. Michael Strong, Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry: “Murray brings a tremendous understanding and insight into the complex changes that are upon our health-care systems, and is one of the leading proponents of working across all of our respective organizations in a highly synergistic manner. I am greatly looking forward to working with Murray to take our collaborative efforts, together with other partners, to even higher levels."
"It is a true honour to lead an organization like London Health Sciences Centre,” said Glendining. “I am highly confident that the talented team at LHSC, working closely with system and community partners, will successfully navigate the challenges ahead and continue to play a leading role contributing to the creation of a more efficient health care system that provides a seamless, high-quality experience for patients.”
About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been at the forefront of medicine in Canada for 139 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, the Kidney Care Centre, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 65 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca
Ruthe Anne Conyngham, Chair, LHSC Board of Directors and Murray Glendining, President and CEO will be available for media interviews from 12 – 2 pm.
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London Health Sciences Centre
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Murray Glendining is a highly respected health-care leader with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. He has a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a variety of partners and stakeholders including governments, communities and other health service providers to strengthen and advance patient care objectives. Murray has been instrumental in promoting the use of information technology in improving quality of patient care within the region and beyond.
Murray joined London Health Sciences Centre in June 2012 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Clinical Support, responsible for finance, diagnostic services, clinical and information technology, facilities management, business development and commercial operations, CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics), Connecting South West Ontario (cSWO) and decision support. More recently, he assumed the role of Acting President and CEO of LHSC.
Prior to joining LHSC Murray spent 10 years at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, and for his last five years at HHS he was also Regional Chief Information Officer of the Niagara, Haldimand and Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) where he led the implementation of the provincial strategy for an electronic health record. As EVP at Hamilton Health Sciences, Murray oversaw extensive capital redevelopment and promoted the use of analytics and an ethical framework for resource allocation, gaining positive recognition by other health-care providers.
Murray holds a Bachelor of Commerce and began his career as a chartered accountant. He began applying his expertise in finance to the health sector in Alberta where he held increasing leadership roles at Foothills Provincial Hospital and then Calgary Regional Health Authority where he was Chief Financial Officer, before moving to Hamilton.
Murray is well respected in the areas of finance and research and has developed strong relationships at the provincial and federal government level. He has consulted extensively across North America with international consulting corporations, including working with a number of government agencies including the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Murray sits on several committees and boards, bringing a wealth of experience and proven results.