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Hospital president and CEO to retire

Jean Bartkowiak to retire in January 2021 and the search for his replacement will begin in the spring.
Hospital president and CEO Jean Bartkowiak. (FILE)

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre president and CEO Jean Bartkowiak has given his retirement notice.

Bartkowiak, who was hired in December 2015, will step down after his current contract runs out in January 2021.

“Mr. Bartkowiak has always been transparent regarding his planned retirement and remains committed to providing effective leadership as he completes his term,” said Andrew Dean, chair of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute board of directors.

“While we regret his upcoming departure, it provides opportunity to celebrate Mr. Bartkowiak’s significant contributions to our hospital and health research institute.”

According to a release issued on Friday morning by the hospital, Bartkowiak is committed to leading several more activities before his departure, including the development of the next strategic plan to focus on enhancing patient journeys, fostering a safe culture for Indigenous patients, improving staff engagements and enhancing the hospital and research institute’s research and academic role.

“Our skilled and knowledgeable senior leaders provide strategic guidance to achieve the best possible experiences and outcomes for patients and families. They will be instrumental as Mr. Bartkowiak fulfills his goals for the next year,” said Matt Simeoni, chair of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre board of directors.

“Under their combined leadership and expertise, we are completely confident that our Hospital and Health Research Institute will continue to improve the provision of safe, quality, specialized acute care, and health care discovery during and after the transition period.”


The search for Bartkowiak’s replacement, the fourth president and CEO in the hospital’s 16-year history, will begin this coming spring, with the plan to welcome his successor in January 2021.


Bartkowiak took over the post from Andree Robichaud. 

Leith Dunick

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A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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