QHC President and CEO Mary Clare Egberts today announced the appointment of Jeff Hohenkerk to the vacant Vice President position. Mr. Hohenkerk is joining QHC from Rouge Valley Health System, a multi-site community hospital, where he has been the Director of Medical Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Services since 2003.
Mr. Hohenkerk has more than 25 years of health care leadership experience. He previously held the position of Director of Diagnostic Imaging at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal and started his career as a Diagnostic Imaging Technologist. He holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Canadian Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
"Jeff is joining us with a wealth of experience and energy to help us continue on our journey of health care transformation and implementing our strategic plan," said Mary Clare. "We were thrilled with the calibre of applicants for this position and Jeff stood out for his track-record of enhancing the patient experience and improving staff morale."
Mr. Hohenkerk is looking forward to moving to the Quinte area this summer and starting his new role on August 12. "I was inspired to join the QHC team because of the courage and commitment this organization has demonstrated to make the changes needed to consistently deliver on its vision of 'exceptional care, inspired by you'," said Mr. Hohenkerk. "Quinte Health Care already has a great excellent reputation among Ontario hospitals and I'm thrilled to be able to join the team and help create an exceptional place to receive care and to work."
In his role, Mr. Hohenkerk will have responsibility for the Emergency/Primary Care Program; Diagnostic Services; Pharmacy Services; Human Resources and Support Services. He fills the position that was left vacant when Jan Richardson retired after 36 years with QHC in March.
Quinte Health Care has 1,800 staff members and 320 medical staff who provide a wide range of high quality health care services to a region of 160,000 residents. Care is provided through four hospitals - QHC Belleville General Hospital,QHC North Hastings Hospital,QHC Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital and QHC Trenton Memorial Hospitals - and includes inpatient services, four emergency departments, operating rooms at three sites, a rehabilitation day hospital, children's treatment centre, ambulatory care clinics, community mental health programs and a range of diagnostic services.