Jones tenure at SMH over at year end, search to start for new
Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) and Southlake will renew the
Management Services Agreement (MSA) first signed in 2008 that provides
administrative support, services and personnel from Newmarket to
Alliston, which will take effect starting Jan. 1, 2014.
However, the updated MSA, which expires Dec. 31, will be
administered by a new CEO at SMH following yesterday's
announcement that current SMH CEO Annette Jones, will return to
Southlake on a full-time basis and resume her duties as Vice-President
and Chief Nursing Officer starting in January.
Ms. Jones had been serving the dual roles as part of her employment
contract signed Dec. 1, 2011 that paid an annual salary of $226,890, as
well as bonus provisions for meeting performance targets. She joined SMH as part of the original MSA in 2007 serving as vice president and chief nursing officer before the CEO appointment.
According to the press release issued by SMH yesterday afternoon, one
which did not include any comments from Ms. Jones, there is reference
to the renewed deal with Southlake that seeks "additional hours to the
role of CEO, in order to support the continued
progress and enhancement of our Hospital's reputation as a trusted
provider of exceptional health care services within the Central LHIN."
"(B)oth Boards believe that it (MSA) has served our respective
organizations well and agree, in principle, that it should be renewed.
Discussions continue to identify any new or revised terms that may be
required before a new MSA is ready for approval."
"As Stevenson's part-time CEO, Annette successfully led the development
of a new and exciting five-year strategic plan and was instrumental in
introducing a number of safety and quality initiatives that resulted in
our Hospital earning Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from
Accreditation Canada," said John Swinden, Chair of the Stevenson
Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. "We are confident that Annette's
time spent at Stevenson will serve her well as she continues along her
career path, and we wish her all the best."
The process to recruit a new CEO "will commence shortly." Since the MSA
was first signed, the CEOs at SMH have been from Southlake starting
with Gary Ryan, who Ms. Jones replaced.
The administrative shake-up comes at a time SMH is lobbying Central
LHIN and the Ministry of Health to approve and help finance a
multi-million dollar expansion and modernization of the emergency
department and operating rooms. SMH had hoped by now that LHIN would
have approved its pre-capital submission plan which was submitted last
winter, but sent back for more detailed answers. That information as
since been provided, and it's expected LHIN will deal with the
application before year end.
SMH is also transitioning to the hospitalist model, and currently
dealing with the issue of glaucoma surgeries being scaled back to a
hard cap of 45. It also needs at least one paediatrician, and another
general surgeon to help Dr. Keshoofy.