Jack Kitts to step down as CEO and president of The Ottawa Hospital



Dr. Jack Kitts will retire as president and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital subsequent June.


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The Ottawa Hospital’s president and CEO Jack Kitts will retire subsequent June, after greater than 18 years within the place.

The announcement was made by the hospital’s board of governors on Wednesday.

In his letter to the board, Kitts, 64, famous that “it has been a privilege and an honour for me to be a part of The Ottawa Hospital workforce for the previous 30 plus years. I joined the medical employees in 1988 and have loved quite a few roles previous to changing into President and CEO in October 2001.

“I’m grateful for the numerous alternatives that I’ve needed to lead and symbolize the hospital in our group, provincially and on a nationwide stage. I’m additionally grateful to have labored with so many superb employees members, from directors and managers to physicians, nurses, different well being professionals, assist employees and volunteers. Due to you, The Ottawa Hospital is nicely positioned for the longer term.”

Board chair Katherine Cotton famous that “Jack has led the hospital via a interval of large change within the supply of well being care in Ottawa and Japanese Ontario. He was the architect of a profitable cultural transformation throughout the group after 4 separate hospitals amalgamated into what’s now The Ottawa Hospital.

“He has all the time led by instance,” she added, “and his extraordinary legacy is characterised by prioritizing folks and placing sufferers on the centre of well being care.”

Kitts’ announcement comes because the hospital manoeuvres via a sophisticated relocation course of. In his resignation announcement, Kitts promised to assist guarantee a easy transition because the hospital searches for a successor.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod supplied Kitts her congratulations. “Jack Kitts has been a pal for twenty years,” she wrote. “I’ve lengthy admired his work ethic and visionary management. I want him nicely as he proclaims his retirement — nicely deserved — and sit up for persevering with to work with him to get the Civic rebuilt.”

The second-oldest of 9 siblings born in Barry’s Bay, Kitts’ youthful ambition was to work on the native LCBO outlet, till a highschool steerage counsellor inspired him to get a college diploma.

He acquired his medical diploma from College of Ottawa in 1980, and some years later joined the employees of The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus as an anesthesiologist and the Division of Anesthesia’s analysis director. In 1992, he led the event of the hospital’s Preoperative Evaluation Clinic, changing into its first medical director. He was appointed the Civic’s chief of anesthesia in 1995.

Three years later, he was appointed vice-president of medical affairs, main medical employees via the restructuring that noticed the creation of The Ottawa Hospital. He completed his grasp’s diploma in enterprise administration in 2001 and was subsequently named president and CEO. In 2017, he earned about $700,000 in wage and taxable advantages from the hospital.

Final yr, Kitts was appointed to the Order of Canada.

bdeachman@postmedia.com


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