Ann Ford appointed president & CEO at GBHS
September 6, 2023
OWEN SOUND, Ont. – The Grey Bruce Health Services Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Ford (pictured) to the position of president & CEO. Ann will commence her role late October 2023. GBHS operates six hospitals in the Grey Bruce region, with 1,900 dedicated and compassionate staff and over 150 physicians.
The regional hospital in Owen Sound is the largest of its sites and offers a full range of specialty services, including complex surgeries, total joint replacements, cancer surgeries, MRI and CT diagnostic services. Across the six hospitals, GBHS has more than 100,000 patient visits per year.
Ann Ford has over 30 years of executive healthcare leadership experience and is currently the executive vice president of Corporate Services and Integrated Health Systems at William Osler Health System.
Ann’s experience includes a broad range of corporate responsibilities that includes redevelopment, operations and information technology. Ann has significant experience working with the province and healthcare system partners on project development and implementation.
“We are very pleased Ann will be joining GBHS as our next president & CEO. Ann is a transformational leader with the vision and expertise to take the lead on the implementation of our strategy and development plans,” said Jo Flewwelling, chair, GBHS Board of Directors. “Ann’s experience in project development and working with stakeholders serving both large and small communities is an excellent fit for GBHS and our broad geography of rural and multi-site healthcare.”
Ann has worked with Prism Partners, a project management and consulting firm serving healthcare, research, academic, municipal and private sectors as well as leading strategic development and patient support services at the University Health Network – Toronto Western Hospital.
In addition to her BSc. Microbiology, Ann holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the Advanced Health Care Leadership Program at Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.
Ann joins GBHS at an exciting time as we are opening our new hospital in Markdale as well as our Wellness & Recovery Centre in Owen Sound.
Current president & CEO, Gary Sims will continue in his role until November 3rd to ensure a seamless transition. The GBHS Board thanks Gary Sims for his exemplary leadership for the past four years.