Hospital names new VP, chief nursing executive


The Deep River and District Hospital has announced the appointment of a new vice president of clinical services and chief nursing executive (CNE).

Tabitha Kearney will take on the executive role for the hospital, the Four Seasons Lodge, and the North Renfrew Family Health Team, effective April 2021.

Kearney holds a Registered Nurse designation and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

The hospital said that over her three-year tenure at DRDH, Kearney has held several positions of increasing leadership overseeing quality and risk, as well as clinical operations across the organization.

Kearney co-ordinated preparations for DRDH’s 2019 accreditation survey, where the organization was recognized with the highest rating, “Accredited with Exemplary Standing,” for the first time.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Kearney has assumed the role of “operations chief” within the organizational Incident Management System.

As operations chief, she has been responsible for co-ordinating core service delivery related to emergency response, as well as ensuring continuity of daily operations.

“Tabitha has demonstrated immense dedication to the organization and to ensuring patients and residents have an excellent, compassionate health care experience, every time,” the hospital said in a statement.

Kearney takes over the chief nursing position from Janna Hotson, who in December was announced as the next president and chief executive officer of the organization, commencing in April 2021.

The hospital said it is “very pleased with the results of this recruitment process, and extends a warm welcome to Tabitha as she assumes the position of vice president of clinical services and CNE.”

Hotson said she looks forward to Kearney assuming her new role and that, “having Tabitha transition into the vice president of clinical services and chief nursing executive role ensures continuity of leadership and continued progress towards achieving our strategic goals.”

“Tabitha has shown her leadership abilities during her time with our organization and I look forward to her continuing to do so in this increased capacity.”

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