Grey Bruce Health Services CEO steps down

Grey Bruce Health Services President and C.E.O Lance Thurston (Photo by Kirk Scott)

The head of Grey Bruce Health Services is stepping down.

In a release, President and CEO Lance Thurston said it’s time to move on and for the organization to select new leadership with fresh ideas and approaches.

The board of Grey Bruce Health Services said Thurston led the group through a critical period of evolution including the construction of a 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; 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.”

Thurston has held the position since August fo 2014 and plans to leave February 28.

“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.”