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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 as a manager and director of all major clinical and support areas of an acute care hospital.

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 1.8M square-foot Humber River Hospital. 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’.


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Dr. Michael Gardam


Dr. Michael Gardam MSc, MD, CM, FRCPC is HUmber River Hospital's Chief of Staff. Previously the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network (UHN), he put into place a world-renowned Infection Prevention and Control Program.


He obtained his medical education at McGill University, following it up with subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases.  He holds an MSc in Health Administration, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.




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.


 Carol Hatcher


Carol Hatcher


Carol Hatcher is the Vice President of Clinical Programs at Humber River Hospital. Carol has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience as a health care professional, and received her Master of Nursing Degree with a focus in Health Systems Leadership and Administration from the University of Toronto. She has worked in the acute care sector in a variety of positions such as a staff nurse, resource nurse, clinical nurse education, patient care manager, program director and vice president.


As the Vice President of Clinical Programs, she is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, leading and evaluating patient care activities in Mental Health, Medicine, Emergency Services, Nephrology, Family Practice, Surgery, Maternal and Child and Critical Care. Carol is a transformational leader delivering many innovative initiatives supporting excellence in clinical practice and patient care. She is passionate about ensuring patients receive the highest, safest quality care, within a high reliability culture.


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Scott Jarrett

Scott Jarrett holds the position of Executive Vice President of Clinical Programs at Humber River Hospital and is responsible for the day to day operations of all Clinical Programs and Services. Over the past 10 years, he lead and played a key role in the overall move and relocation of 3 legacy sites to North America's first digital hospital; implemented the first Canadian hospital Managed Equipment Services (MES) contract as part of the hospital redevelopment and continued to enhance the patient's experience.

Prior to that, he spent the last fourteen years working in a number of health care organizations in Ontario. A professional and dynamic individual and strong analytical, financial planning and evaluation skills, Scott has accomplished many change initiatives within these organizations acting as role model in empowering staff decision-making and team cooperation. 

Patient Care Reinvented.