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New year at SMH opens with new CEO

Posted January 6, 2014

Jody Levac's first official day as President and CEO of Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) starts this morning. Mr. Levac's appointment was announced by the Hospital on Dec. 31. He replaces Annette Jones who has returned full-time to Southlake hospital in Newmarket.

Jody Levac


"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am thrilled to welcome Mr. Levac to this important position," according to John Swinden, Stevenson's Chairman of the Board in the press release announcement. "In addition to his extensive leadership and clinical skills within the healthcare sector, he was raised in northern Ontario and understands the unique healthcare needs of small, rural communities."

Mr. Levac is the third consecutive CEO at SMH to come from the administrative ranks of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket where he has held leadership positions within the Mental Health Program since 1999.

In addition to earning his undergraduate (1989 - Laurentian University) and Masters degrees (1991 - University of Toronto) in Social Work, he recently earned his Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Levac was awarded the Leadership Award of Excellence at Southlake in 2010.

"Stevenson Memorial Hospital has an active and engaged community that is passionate about healthcare," said Mr. Levac in the press release. "I am excited to join the great team at Stevenson and work with its many community partners."

According to Dr. David Williams, Southlake's President and CEO, Levac's appointment is positive for both Stevenson and the community at large. "In addition to his clinical expertise, Jody excels at building positive relationships with everyone he interacts with on a day-to-day basis. I am fully confident that the health and wellbeing of the communities served by Stevenson will benefit tremendously under his superb guidance and leadership."

The most active file for Mr. Levac will be guiding the hospital's proposal to the Ministry of Health for its planned multi-million dollar 16,000 sq. ft, expansion and modernization program.

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