Belleville – Chris Salt, Acting Chair of the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Board of Directors, on behalf of the Board, is happy to announce the appointment of newest Board member – Mr. Steve Gauthier, a resident of Jasper, Ontario, located on the outskirts of Smiths Falls.
Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council through the Public Appointments Secretariat of the Province of Ontario, Mr. Gauthier will serve a three-year term effective May 10, 2017.
As a current member of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council, Mr. Gauthier has first-hand knowledge of some of the health care challenges faced in rural areas and with an aging population. He understands the importance of the LHIN’s integral role in facilitating collaboration between all health service providers, while actively engaging patients and their care-giver supports, to improve access and remove barriers to care.
His education and training in high technology, human resources management and business administration from the universities of California (Irvine), Pennsylvania and Ottawa, has presented many great opportunities throughout the years. Mr. Gauthier has also been an active volunteer on a number of boards and committees, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Professionals Association (local chapter), providing oversight, leadership and business analysis.
Mr. Gauthier attends his first Board of Directors meeting today, and looks forward to supporting the South East LHIN Board of Directors and communities across the region.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Steve Gauthier to the South East LHIN Board of Directors. His insight and expertise will complement our board very well, and we look forward to his counsel and engagement as we continue working to improve our health care system, both locally and provincially.”
– Chris Salt, Acting Chair South East LHIN Board
- The South East LHIN Board of Directors is to be comprised of 12 members. With its recent appointment, the Board current membership is 11.
- The role of the LHIN Board of Directors is to oversee, provide advice on and govern the strategic direction and priorities of the LHIN. The Board of Directors is accountable, through the Chair, to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the LHIN’s use of public funds and for its performance results in the local health system.
- Prospective board members are recommended by the LHIN’s Board of Directors and selected by the Ontario Government considering their skill-based professional expertise and experience, leadership and community engagement history and, also, to reflect the diversity of culture and geographic populations present in the region.
- Board members are appointed by an Order-in-Council for a term of one to three years, subject to additional terms up to a six-year maximum.