Deborah Hammons – Chief Executive Officer
Deborah Hammons is recognized as a leader both locally and provincially in transforming the health care system.
Under her leadership, the LHIN organization is continuing to implement its third Integrated Health Service Plan, focusing on four strategic aims relating to improvements in services for seniors, vascular health, strengthening the system of supports for people with mental health and addictions issues and palliative care.
Her collaborative leadership style has led to the development of a number of LHIN-wide processes including the launch of the first LHIN-led Regional Specialized Geriatrics Services entity now called the Seniors Care Network, which is focused on services for the frail senior population in the Central East region. This same approach to delivering value-add, client-focused care is reflected in an impressive number of successful integrations that have taken place in the mental health and community sectors. Additionally, she has worked with the leadership from the LHIN’s hospitals to achieve balanced budget positions, which have resulted in close to $200 million in savings being reinvested back into the local health care system.
As the provincial lead for the Long Term Care Service Accountability Agreements Steering Committee, Ms. Hammons has worked with provincial long-term care associations to develop new accountability templates now in use between LHINs and long-term care homes across the province.
Ms. Hammons, who began her career in healthcare as a nurse, has held senior positions in healthcare organizations throughout Canada including the Vancouver General Hospital, the Ottawa General Hospital, the Toronto Hospital and the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation. As Executive Director of Fairhaven, a long term care home in Peterborough, she added to her list of professional accomplishments by overseeing the development of a new $25.5 million facility, leading the organization in achieving their first 3-year CCHSA Accreditation, and implementing an Information Strategic Plan to create a state-of-the-art computerized environment.
Ms. Hammons has served on the board of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, is a member of Canadian College of Health Leaders, and was a surveyor for the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA).