New president for Halton Healthcare’s hospitals in Milton, Oakville, Halton Hills


Published June 6, 2023 at 2:26 pm

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The first day on the job for new Halton Healthcare president and CEO Melissa Farrell involved a lot of travel.

Farrell, this week, become the new head of the organization that encompasses hospitals in Oakville, Milton and Georgetown that have more than 5,100 employees and close to 1,200 professional staff.

“Halton Healthcare is known for its exceptional care and its dedicated and talented healthcare teams,” said Farrell.

“I am excited to get to know the outstanding people who make up this team and to lead the organization while supporting the growing communities we serve.”

Farrell comes to Halton Healthcare from her previous position as President of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, where she led an innovative multi-site academic teaching hospital affiliated with McMaster University.

“On behalf of everyone at Halton Healthcare, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Melissa Farrell, on her first day as our president and CEO,” said Richard Nunn, chair of Halton Healthcare’s Board of Directors.

“We are fortunate to have such a seasoned and progressive leader guiding the Halton Healthcare team. With her dynamic and collaborative approach, Melissa will help advance our organization and take us to the next level.”

Farrell is currently a board member of the Ontario Hospital Association. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master’s Degree in Planning from Queen’s University and has continued educational development in leadership programs at Harvard Business School, Ivey Business School and The Rotman School of Management.

“This is a critical time for healthcare,” said Farrell. “I look forward to building on Halton Healthcare’s strong foundation to evolve, embrace and lead change so we can continue to support the current and future needs of our communities and our teams.

“I know it’s important to look beyond the walls of our hospitals to build comprehensive integrated care that gives people the support they need from all parts of the health system.

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