The Scarborough Hospital has chosen a chartered accountant from Northumberland County to lead it through challenging times.
Robert Biron “is exactly the leader The Scarborough Hospital needs to shepherd us through the changes we will need to make as a hospital in this era of healthcare transformation,” Stephen Smith, TSH board chairperson said in a release.
Biron resigned Thursday, Feb. 7, as CEO of Northumberland Hills, a hospital east of Toronto he had led since 2008, just before TSH announced his appointment in Scarborough.
His profile on the Northumberland Hills website said Biron has worked in the health care sector for more than 20 years, including at the Medbuy Corporation, a national purchasing group for hospitals, and at a Georgetown long-term-care facility, the Bennett Health Care Centre.
The TSH release said Biron’s term begins on June 1, meaning he won’t be CEO during public consultations on the future of programs at both hospital campuses this month or when hospital directors pass a 2013 budget requiring some $17 million in cuts.
Biron’s term, however, will cover what are widely expected to be two years of further change in how health care in Scarborough is funded by the province and provided by local hospitals.
Quoted in the release, Biron complemented work underway at the hospital to plan strategically for the future, saying it “demonstrates the (TSH) team’s commitment to transform the hospital to ensure the long-term sustainability of health services for the Scarborough community.”
Dr. John Wright was interim president of TSH in 2008 when he was hired for his first two-year term as CEO. Wright announced last October he would not seek another two-year term and he expected to be replaced before his second term ended in September.
“Under John Wright, we saw the quality and safety of healthcare provided by our hospital increase dramatically to become one of the best in Ontario,” Smith said.
“With John’s retirement, we know that Robert will continue that focus and at the same time position our hospital for the long term under the new reality.”
About 3,400 employees work at the two TSH campuses, the General and the Birchmount.