New leadership names to Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital board

CPD Hosptial Board
Posted on: August 24, 2016


Terry Cairns and Dr. Scott Higham have one thing in common – they are both committed to local health care close to home. As Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital’s new Board Chair and Chief of Staff, they say they are looking forward to being at the helm and building upon the Board’s successes.

“Health care is transforming and working with our partners to find ways to improve the quality of care through innovation is always a priority. Providing the best and most appropriate services locally also remains at the top of the list,” says Terry Cairns who joined the board four years ago. “We want to take a lead role in advancing these priorities.”

“It’s an exciting time for us,” notes Dr. Higham, who has been Chief of Staff twice before. “Our recent accreditation was terrific and I’m really looking forward to the announcement of our new emergency department.”

Cairns’ career began in the armed forces and evolved through several industries including high tech and life sciences. “Strategy and roadmaps to getting things done have played a significant role over the span of my working life and the thought of building new health care services in Carleton Place has really got my attention.”

When he retired, Cairns was looking for a new volunteer opportunity. “Four years ago, I decided that I wanted to commit to something locally and give back to the local community. The hospital was the most obvious choice.” In his spare time, Cairns also enjoys the farming life, working with draft horses and various other animals on the 100 acre farm that he and his wife Carolyn have operated for the last 25 years.

Higham has had a medical practice in Carleton Place since 1981. As a family physician and anesthetist, he says he likes the atmosphere of a smaller hospital. “As a family doctor, there is a lot you can do that you can’t do in the city. It’s very rewarding.”

Higham says he looks forward to expanding the relationship with Almonte General Hospital at the
medical staff level to ensure even more collaboration. “We have an excellent facility at CPDMH and by working together, we can make it even better.”