Celebrations take place for outgoing CEO Leslee Thompson

News / General
By Peter Jeffrey

After seven years as the President and CEO of Kingston General Hospital, Leslee Thompson is saying goodbye this month to KGH. She starts her new role as the CEO of Accreditation Canada on February 1.

To help celebrate her many accomplishments, two special events were held in January. The first, for the Kingston community, took place at the Discovery Centre at Fort Henry and another was held inside KGH for everyone who works, learns or volunteers at our hospital. During both events, people were able to chat with Thompson and thank her for her leadership and vision.

Soon after Thompson arrived in 2009, KGH set to work engaging the community and soon created a new five-year strategy for KGH. It set us on a course to become a community of people dedicated to transforming the experience of our patients and families and to deliver Outstanding Care, Always. Since its launch, we have improved the quality and safety of the care we are delivering and have become a recognized leader in the delivery of Patient- and Family-Centred Care and for partnering with our patients and families in innovative ways.

Along the way we have also balanced our budget, invested millions into new equipment and completed a major redevelopment project that included a new cancer centre, pediatrics floor and intensive care unit.

“This was a chance for us to thank Leslee for her inspired leadership and to wish her well as she takes on her next challenge at Accreditation Canada where she will be aiming to help health care providers across the country and around the globe improve their performance,” says Jim Flett, interim KGH CEO. “A big part of this work will be sharing how partnering with our patients and families in meaningful ways at KGH has helped us improve everything we do.”