Lee Fairclough will become the new president of St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener.
The hospital made the announcement on Thursday.
Fairclough comes to the hospital from Health Quality Ontario, where for the last five years she has been the Vice President of Quality Improvement.
Since July 2019, she also served as an interim lead with the new Ontario Health agency, laying the foundations for a proposed Centre of Excellence in Mental Health and Addictions.
Fairclough said she is honoured and excited to join the team at St. Mary's and to exchange ideas and innovations with colleagues at the St. Joseph's Health System. "St. Mary's is a really great fit, given its values and focus on quality improvement, transparency, and active engagement with service providers in the region," she said in a release.
"At this time of exciting health system transformation, Lee is the ideal leader to build on our standing as a national leader in patient safety and on our commitment to improving quality within St. Mary's and beyond our walls." added Scott Smith, chair of the board of trustees at the hospital.
Fairclough will begin her new role in January, 2020.
She replaces Dr. Andrew Falconer, who stepped down earlier this year to become president and CEO at Queensway Carleton Hospital in eastern Ontario.
with files from Paul McPhee