Hospital announces new President & CEO

Posted on: May 3, 2019

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Barry Guppy has been appointed as the hospital’s President & Chief Executive Officer, effective June 3, 2019.

Dr. Guppy is an engaged and visionary senior healthcare executive, bringing a broad diversity of experience across the healthcare sector that has included senior leadership, clinical, administrative, education and research activities across academic and community settings, in addition to his clinical background as a neurologist and neurophysiologist.

Most recently he has been Medical Advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, following eighteen months with the Central East Local Health Integration Network as Vice President, then as Interim CEO. Until 2017, he was Vice President (Medical and Academic Affairs) at Lakeridge Health and also served as Interim Regional Vice-President for the Central East Regional Program with Cancer Care Ontario.

Dr. Guppy is a graduate of Trent University and McMaster University and he completed his clinical residency in neurology at the University of Ottawa. He further expanded his education through graduate and leadership programs at University of Toronto (Advanced Health Leadership) and Queen’s University (Masters of Public Administration).

“I am excited to join the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital to provide leadership in the development and operation of the local integrated care delivery system in an effort to advance high quality integrated, patient & family centred care for residents in the area,” commented Dr. Barry Guppy, incoming President & CEO.

The appointment of Dr. Guppy concludes a rigorous recruitment process that attracted a number of first-rate and wide-ranging candidates.

Donna Howard, Chair, PSFDH Board of Directors stated that, “In this period of profound change in Ontario’s health care system, we are fortunate to have an individual who is known for his 2 vision, his collaborative approach and his ability to make things happen; who brings outstanding education, professional and leadership experience and who brings a strong commitment to our community to lead our hospital into the future. It goes without saying that the hospital is well-positioned for this next phase due to a truly committed team at the hospital – a team that achieved Exemplary Accreditation Status for the hospital under the leadership of Bev McFarlane and continues to provide high-quality and compassionate patient care. The Board is grateful to Ms. Vickie Kaminski for her leadership, stability and direction as Interim President and CEO since November.”