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CGMH announces two new lead staff

The Collingwood hospital's newest hires are part of the patient services leadership team
Rosemary Frketich, the new vice president of patient services and chief nursing executive at CGMH, and Carrie Hurst, the new director of patient services at CGMH.

Collingwood's local hospital announced two new lead staff this week, both part of the patient services team. 

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital welcomed Rosemary Frketich as its new vice president of patient services and chief nursing executive, as well as Carrie Hurst, the new director of patient services. 

Frketich has been working in healthcare leadership for 30 years. Most recently she was the director of clinical services and quality assurance at Mohawk Medbuy Corporation. She's also worked at Middlesex Hospital Alliance and in leadership roles in large teaching hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals, withe the Local Health Integreation Network and with Community Care Access Centre, according to a news release from the hospital. 

Frketich said she was pleased to join the CGMH team. 

"We have an exciting future ahead and I look forward to supporting our patients and our growing community, with a focus on quality and patient safety,” said Frketich in the news release. "One of my top priorities is to ensure we are always incorporating the patient voice in our decision-making processes. To do this, the hospital will soon be recruiting patient and family advisors to support our patient, family and caregiver advisory committee, and identified initiatives. This is an exciting time for the hospital!”

Hurst is joining CGMH from Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance, and a 20-year career in management. She is also the chair of the board of the North Wellington Health Centre. She, too, said she was excited about her new opportunity with CGMH.

"I am passionate about stabilizing our nursing health human resource challenges and improving the delivery of quality care to patients by maximizing access to services through the hospital to the community," said Hurst in the news release. "My goal is to improve patient flow through the health care system and enhance the patient experience."