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Barb Collins


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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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.



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.

 Peter Bak

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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Scott Jarrett

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.


Patient Care Reinvented.