Mike McDonald is the Chief Nursing Executive and Executive Vice-President of Patient Care & Community Partnerships for Kingston Health Sciences Centre. With over 39 years of experience in patient care, Mike has a special interest in meeting the needs of poor and marginalized. He has accountability for programs including emergency, medicine units, perioperative services, mental health and addictions. Mike also serves on the board of Home Base Housing.
Mike graduated from Nursing at Loyalist College in 1984, a program that solidified his passion for emergency nursing and launched a career where he has had the opportunity to support vulnerable patients and those in remote communities.
After working at Sick Kids, North York General and Sunnybrook hospitals in Toronto, Mike and his wife Mary, also a nurse, made a big move to the arctic where they spent three years working on Baffin Island and in Whitehorse. In 1990, they returned to Southeastern Ontario where Mike managed the KGH Emergency Department for eleven years and then served as Chief Nursing Executive at Hotel Dieu Hospital from 2011 to 2017.
Mike holds a BScN from the University of Ottawa, a Critical Care Diploma from St. Lawrence College and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. He has also completed professional development programs at both Harvard (2015) and Rotman School of Management at U of T (2017). In autumn of 2018, he was nominated for a Premier’s Award for outstanding Ontario college graduates in health care.