St. Joseph's CEO steps down

Citing health issue, hospital announces interim president

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto’s president and CEO Carolyn Baker has stepped down due to unspecified health reasons.

“She has a serious illness, and that’s as far as we’re going to go in terms of information in order to protect her privacy,” said the hospital’s chief of corporate communications and public affairs, Sabrina Divell.

Baker served as the hospital’s president and CEO since March 2007 and was previously the vice president of clinical and professional programs and services.

Most recently she stewarded the $150 million redevelopment of the new Our Lady of Mercy wing.

Ellen Malcolmson, who was previously a member of the board of directors, will fill the role of interim president.

“She’s been appointed by our board chair to step into the president role,” Divell said. “She’ll be in that role while we do our recruitment process for a new president and CEO.”

The board of directors will put together a committee that the hospital hopes will select a new president and CEO within the next six months.

Divell stressed the state of transition will not affect the hospital’s operations.

“It’s a sad time, but it’s business as usual,” she said. “Our frontline staff are the heart and soul of this hospital, and they’re the ones patients deal with most directly, and there’s absolutely no change on that front.”

Malcolmson previously served as president and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association as well as a senior vice president of customer experience at Bell.

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By: Omar Mosleh
Posted: Feb 1 2012 1:31 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto