Barb Collins was appointed the President & CEO of Humber
River Hospital in Toronto, Canada, on July 1, 2016. Ms. Collins is a Registered
Nurse, with an MBA from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. She has more
than 35 years’ experience in all major clinical and management functions of an
acute care hospital, including Intensive Care, Emergency, Obstetrics, Operating
Room, Surgery, Inpatient Care and Support Services.
Prior to assuming her current responsibilities as President & CEO, Ms. Collins served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she was the senior Executive Lead for Humber River Hospital’s redevelopment project, Ms. Collins was charged with overseeing the design, construction and activation of the new Humber River Hospital. This 656 bed, 1.8M square-foot acute care facility provided Humber with a unique opportunity to optimize design, incorporate technology and reinvent processes to deliver more effective and efficient patient-centred care, supported by some of the world’s finest medical technology.
The result is North America’s first fully digital hospital, groundbreaking in its approach to integrating technology across all hospital systems and workflows. At HIMSS 2016 in early March, the Intelligent Hospital Association presented Ms. Collins and other senior Humber River executives with a Special Recognition Award, recognizing the hospital’s ‘demonstrated leadership in the digital health community’.
The new Humber River Hospital opened for patient care on Sunday, October 18, 2015.
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From 1995 – 2005 Barb was a member and Vice-Chair of the Health Services Appeal and Review Board.
From 2002 – 2009 Barb was a volunteer member of the Board of Directors for Booth Centennial Health Care Linen Services (BCHLS). She led a significant restructuring of the company, moving the organization to a profitable service oriented business.
Dr. Narendra Singh
Dr. Narendra Singh is the Chief of Staff at Humber River Hospital. In this role, Dr. Singh will serve as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, and will work closely with the Senior Management Team to further enhance the quality of patient care already provided by our hospital’s medical staff.
Dr. Singh has been a member of the Medical Staff at Humber River since June of 1999, most recently serving as Chief of Paediatrics and Interim Chief of Staff.
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As Chief of Paediatrics, Dr. Singh’s leadership played a vital role in our Paediatric Program being named one of the top performing hospitals in Ontario for Paediatric Patient Experience in the just-released National Research Corporation Canada (NRCC) Patient Experience Survey. The Program achieved a perfect 100% Positive Score for overall care – an outstanding achievement considering the NRCC Survey results are based on the perceptions of patients who received care in the Program.
Outside our hospital, Dr. Singh is the founder and driving force behind Guyana Help the Kids (GHTK), a charitable organization based in Toronto dedicated to reducing infant mortality in Guyana. Along with several of his medical colleagues at Humber River Hospital, other partners from McMaster, Sick Kids and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, as well as financial support from many organizations and individuals in Ontario and beyond, GHTK has completely modernized neo-natal care in Guyana.
Dr. Vanessa Burkoski
Dr. Vanessa Burkoski joined Humber River Hospital on September 12, 2016 as the hospital’s Chief Nursing Executive. In that role Dr. Burkoski provides overall leadership in quality, strategic direction and management of professional practice in nursing and regulated health professions.
Dr. Burkoski is passionate about evidence-based practice and the creation of an engaging, healthy, and scholarly practice environments in which health professionals can maximize their contribution to quality and patient safety, and improve organization and system outcomes.
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Dr. Burkoski has extensive
experience providing executive leadership, strategic advice and nursing
expertise on a wide range of nursing and health care policy issues. From 2011
to 2016 Dr. Burkoski served as Chief Nursing Executive/Professional Scholarly
Practice at London Health Sciences Center where amongst her many
accomplishments she led their success as one of Canada's top Best Practice
Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs).
From 2007-2011 as the Provincial Chief Nursing Officer she provided strategic
policy advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, conceptualizing and
facilitating the implementation of a wide-range of evidence-based, innovative
program and policy initiatives. Dr. Burkoski's values-based, evidence-informed
and courageous leadership is recognized provincially, nationally and
proud registered nurse and immediate past president of RNAO, Dr. Burkoski holds
a BScN, MScN and Doctorate in Health Administration. She is an Adjunct
Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, an Adjunct Academic
Appointment in Nursing at the University of Western Ontario and at the Lawrence
S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
Peter Bak, Ph.D. CMC
Peter Bak is the Chief Information Officer at Humber River Hospital. He is responsible for the implementation of the digital vision and on-going operations of that vision.
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over 25 years of experience in health care software development, product
commercialization, consulting and executive leadership, Peter has gained
extensive expertise in diagnostic imaging, electronic health records, health
record sharing and collaboration, and hospital IT in general. Peter has a PhD
in applied engineering from Imperial College, London and has published various
papers on health care-related topics.
Scott Jarrett holds the position of Vice President, Patient Services and is responsible for the administration and organization of the programs in Mental Health, Inpatient Medical, Emergency, Nephrology, Family Practice and Surgery as well as the department of Medical Imaging.
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Prior to that, he has spent the last fourteen years working in a number of health care organizations. Most recently he was the Senior Director of the Joint Department of Medical Imaging at University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital/Women’s College Hospital. Before joining the Joint Department, Scott held management positions at two other hospitals including Administrative Director of Diagnostic Services at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto and Program Manager, Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Scott also worked for four years at the OHA in director and consultant roles. After he received his B.Sc. from the University of Guelph, Scott worked as a registered Medical Laboratory Technologist prior to completion of his MBA from McMaster University.
Scott has served as a hospital representative in various external committees: as a member of OHTAC, on the OPSEU negotiating team and the Ministry's Diagnostic Equipment Task Force. He sits on the boards of Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services and the Humber River Family Health Team as well as continuing to be an active member of both the Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CCHSE) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).