Senior Leadership Team
Susan Walsh, RN, BScN, MSc, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
A member of NHH's Senior Leadership Team since November, 2017, Susan is a senior healthcare leader committed to quality patient- and family-centred care, innovation and organizational excellence. Susan assumed the role of President and CEO on August 3, 2021 after serving as the hospital's Vice President of Patient Services, Chief Nursing Executive and Chief Clinical Information Officer. With experience spanning an acute academic hospital, a national community care organization and a leading social sector agency, Susan has a broad and unique combination of community and hospital expertise. Susan has also supported the work of Accreditation Canada as a surveyor since 2008.
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Office Phone: (905) 377-7755
Dr. Mukesh Bhargava, MD
Chief of Staff
Dr. Bhargava has been practicing medicine in the community and at NHH since 2011, and accepted the role of Chief of Staff on July 1st, 2017. A general internist with a special interest and focus on cardiovascular medicine, he operates an internal medicine practice, IMCare, with his wife and business partner, Dr. Anuja Sharma. In addition to his responsibilities as Chief of Staff, Dr. Bhargava provides care to NHH patients in the Emergency, Intensive Care and Medical/Surgical Units. Previously Chief of Medicine (from 2015 to 2017), he has also held a variety of other administrative positions with the hospital, including terms as President of the Medical Staff and Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
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Office Phone: (905) 372-6811, ext. 4015
Kate Zimmerman, RN, MHS, CHE
Vice President, Integrated Care and Chief Nursing Executive
At NHH, Kate oversees services and care delivered under the clinical services portfolio. In her role as Vice President for Integrated Care, Kate supports pathways that clients and patients move through while receiving care. She also serves as NHH’s Chief Nursing Executive, which supports all nursing operations throughout the hospital, including training opportunities, quality assurance, safety, and patient care standards.
Kate’s portfolio includes: Acute Care, Post-Acute Specialty Services, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Cancer and Supportive Care, Dialysis, Maternal/Child Care, Pharmacy, Community Mental Health Services, Surgical Services, Ambulatory Care, Respiratory Therapy and Professional Practice.
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Office Phone: (905) 372-6811, ext. 4006
Judy Fleming, RN, MN
Chief Clinical Information Officer
Judy is responsible for the identification, development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of informatics strategies to support quality care and professional practice. In her role, Judy focuses on aligning people, processes, and technology to support evidence-based information systems that enable the delivery of efficient and effective clinical care across the organization. Judy’s role is to leverage technology and information to improve outcomes and drive efficiency.
Judy’s portfolio includes Clinical Informatics, Information Technology, and Decision Support.
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Office Phone: (905) 372-6811, ext. 7762
Jennifer Gillard, BA (Hons), MA, ABC
Senior Director, Patient Experience, Public Affairs and Strategic Partnerships
Jennifer is responsible for the planning, organization and coordination of NHH's communications and community engagement opportunities; nurturing and facilitating strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders; and providing senior leadership support and oversight to the Health Information departments, namely Health Records, Privacy, Admitting/Registration and Switchboard. As a member of the hospital's senior leadership team, Jennifer shares responsibility for co-designing and achieving the goals of the hospital's strategic plan and in creating an environment that promotes best practices and excellence. As co-facilitator of the hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council, and Ontario Health Team of Northumberland's Experience Partner Council, Jennifer works alongside the patients, families and caregivers to improve patient experience and advance quality improvement and system transformation.
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Office Phone: (905) 377-7757
Chad Gyorfi, CPA, CMA
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Chad joined Northumberland Hills Hospital in June of 2021. In his role, Chad is responsible for overseeing NHH's financial operations, such as the capital structure of the company while determining the best mix of equity, and internal financing. He is responsible for using financial data to support operational decision making and strategy. His future goals for NHH include a continuum in financial stability and hospital redevelopment. Chad's portfolio includes Finance, Supply Chain, Capital Planning, Facilities, Laboratory Services and Diagnostic Imaging.
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Office Phone: (905) 372-6811, ext. 4013
Lola Obomighie, MSc, CAPM, MCIPD, CHRL
Vice President People, Culture & Organizational Effectiveness
Lola’s role is to ensure that NHH remains a great place to work and volunteer. In doing so, she aims to curate and sustain a culture of engagement, ensuring staff, physicians, midwives, and volunteers can remain focused on delivering exceptional patient care every time. Lola oversees quality and patient safety and works collaboratively with colleagues to ensure that patient outcomes remain of the highest standard. Lola’s portfolio and areas of responsibility comprise of Human Resources, Quality, Patient Safety, Risk, Volunteers, Food Services, Environmental Services, and Medical Devices Reprocessing. Lola also chairs the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) and the Equity Diversity Inclusion Advisory Committee (EDIAC).
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Office Phone: (905) 372-6811, ext. 4019