Hospital names new president, CEO


The Deep River and District Hospital has announced the selection of a new president and chief executive officer.

In a statement from chair Chris Carroll, the hospital board of directors has announced that Janna Hotson will take over as president and CEO of the hospital, the Four Seasons Lodge, and the North Renfrew Family Health Team, effective April 2021.

Carroll noted that Hotson holds a Registered Nurse designation, as well as a Masters Degree in Health Administration, and is a Certified Healthcare Executive.

“Over her tenure at DRDH she has held several positions of increasing leadership, including her current role as vice-president of clinical services, chief nursing executive, and long-term care administrator.

“During this year, Janna has also acted as COVID-19 response team lead, navigating the organization through the current pandemic, and has proven to be well qualified to fulfil the president and CEO position.”

Current resident and CEO, Richard Bedard, announced his retirement from the Deep River and District Hospital, the Four Seasons Lodge, and the North Renfrew Family Health Team in the spring of 2021.

Bedard will be leaving the organization after a 33-year career in health care, including serving as president and CEO of DRDH for the last five years.

“Under his leadership, the organization underwent significant transformation and integration, which has positioned DRDH well to continue providing excellent, compassionate health care into the future.”

The recruitment process for the position of president and CEO was conducted by a selection committee of the DRDH board of directors.

“The board of directors is very pleased with the results of this recruitment process, and extends a warm welcome to Janna as she assumes the position of president and CEO.”

Carroll noted that in the New Year, Hotson will be assuming a senior vice president role to facilitate the transition.

“The board of directors expresses their gratitude and appreciation for all that Richard has contributed throughout his tenure with the organization, and wishes him well in his upcoming retirement.”

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