September 8th marked Cholly Boland’s third day as Winchester District Memorial Hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Boland took time to introduce himself to local press late that afternoon where he confirmed that he “couldn’t be more excited to be here.”
Boland admitted that his professional background, while definitely in healthcare, has not been all about hospitals.
During a placement in British Columbia, Boland worked at bringing homecare, long-term care and in-house care together. He said that the “focus has always been on integration.”
Boland has worn several different hats in the healthcare system, his most recent being CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, Ontario.
WDMH’s reputation is one of the main inspirations for Boland’s move to the area. He referred to the hospital as a “centre of excellence” and remarked on its being at the “forefront of senior care, education and research in this area.”
In addition to providing the best senior care possible, Boland also affirms that WDMH is focussed on “developing best practices” and answering the question of “how do you best provide care in a rural environment?”
With respect to his predecessor, Trudy Reid, Boland said that he is “fortunate to be taking over from someone whose done such great work.”
He went on to say that his plans include “taking that work and moving it forward.”
In terms of the upcoming election, Boland stated: “I can’t foresee any type of future that would not see this hospital in full operation.”
He believes that any government would have to recognize “the investment that’s been made – the good work that’s been done here and will continue to be done.”
CEO of WDMH is a “great opportunity” for Boland not only because of its “track record in senior care” and its “leading edge research,” but also because of its geographical location.
In addition to his history in Eastern Ontario, he also has senior family members in the area.
Boland was CEO of Arnprior and District Hospital for almost 5 years, between 2003 and 2008. He also spent time in Kingston and Ottawa.
He received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering from Queen’s University in 1984. From the University of Ottawa, he received a Masters in Health Administration in 1992 and a Masters in Business Aministration in 2000.
He got started in his career at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.
The new CEO is married with two children, a 13 year old son and 9 year old daughter.
His wife and children are still living in Orangeville, but they will be joining him. They are presently looking for a new home in the area. On that note, he stated: “we’re not moving anymore.”
In meeting Boland, his positive energy, strong commitment and seemingly limitless enthusiasm for WDMH come through loud and clear.